Children encouraged to show pride in their town

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Local school pupils are being asked to show off how proud they are of their home town by entering a national postcard design competition.

Youngsters are being invited to design their own postcards to show off local landmarks and places of interest in the Montrose area. Subjects can include a place of outstanding natural beauty or a man-made structure and with some of the most stunning scenery on the east coast, there should be not shortage of inspiration.

The best entries will then compete nationally for a top prize of having their designs printed up as proper postcards. The ‘Pride of Place Pupils’ Postcards’ competition is open to school children between the ages of four and 16 years.

The competition has been launched by SchoolStickers.co.uk, which is the UK’s biggest provider of motivational products for school children.

Managing director Neil Hodges is encouraging local children to put pencil to paper and tap in to their creative talents.

He said: “This is a chance for Montrose pupils to show off the best bits of their area. The design of the postcard is up to them, whether it’s a great drawing, collage or photo.

“Lots of schools already use School Stickers postcards to send home messages of praise to parents about their children’s successes, so many pupils will be familiar with designing them.

“The landmarks they choose can be somewhere less-known nationally but important locally, perhaps a great building, amazing view or somewhere of historic interest. We are confident there will be a great response.”

The competition is split into three different age categories, four to eight years old, eight to 12 years old and 12 to 16 years old. Entries must be received by midnight on June 14, 2013, and the winners will be announced on June 21.

Further information about the competition and how to enter can be found online at http://www.schoolstickers.co.uk/postcardcompetition.