Art of friendship at Christmas - Angus Robertson

I’m delighted to announce Mohammed Eltayip as the winner of my Christmas picture competition.
Fringe Society chief executive Shona McCarthy.Fringe Society chief executive Shona McCarthy.
Fringe Society chief executive Shona McCarthy.

​ I asked pupils in primary 1 to 5 from Royal Mile Primary School to create an artwork on the theme of friendship which, I think, is more important than ever in these times.

As the Member of The Scottish Parliament for Edinburgh Central, I’m thrilled that my constituency has such talented young people. I could tell from all the pictures that the pupils are great friends to one another.

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A special guest judge, Shona McCarthy, CEO of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society had the really difficult task of picking a winner from the fantastic entries.

Shona said: “It was such a privilege to see all the joyful and creative Christmas pictures.

"They were all so good and brought a smile and a bit of Christmas magic to my day.

"I’ve chosen Mohammed’s artwork because it really speaks to the theme of friendship, and I love the Christmassy colours and inclusion of all the people inside and out.”

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A huge thank you to everyone at Royal Mile Primary for sending in these wonderful pictures for my Christmas picture competition, and everyone should be very proud that such a key figure in Scottish culture has recognised the quality of their fantastic pictures.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those I have had the privilege of meeting this year as your MSP.

And I wish everyone in Edinburgh a happy festive season and best wishes for the new year.

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