Pupils get out their brushes for the Chinese Year of the Horse

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The dawn of the Chinese Year of the Horse has brought out the best in some of the youngest budding Borders artists in a poster competition.

More than 100 youngsters from primary schools around the region took part in the annual competition, aimed at helping celebrate Chinese New Year.

Youngsters at Broughton Primary pulled out all the stops with their efforts being rewarded with first and second place.

First prize went to Isobel Devine from the school’s primary seven class, while second spot went to primary seven classmate Ruairidh McGarry-Watson .

Third place went to Robyn McInally, from Lilliesleaf Primary’s P7 class, while a special award went to Dylan Crozier, from primary one at Howdenburn Primary School in Jedburgh.

Steve Kwan, chairman of the Borders Chinese Cultural Association which organises the annual poster competition, says the event gets more and more popular each year.

“It was fantastic to see so many pupils entering the competition and from schools right across the Borders region,” he told The Southern.

“The judges found it very difficult to make a decision on the winner, such was the very high standard.

“They needed a lot of time to complete their deliberations.”
Mr Kwan said it is heartening to see so many youngsters and their schools help support a cultural event like Chinese New Year.

“Mr Tan, from the new Beijing Beijing restaurant in Galashiels now has the top four posters on display in the restaurant so everyone can see just what a high standard was involved.”