Montrose youths have ‘write’ stuff

Pictured are, from left, judge Chris Longmuir, Faith Petrie (Under-16 winner), Suzanne Milne (16 and over), Judge Provost Helen Oswald.
Pictured are, from left, judge Chris Longmuir, Faith Petrie (Under-16 winner), Suzanne Milne (16 and over), Judge Provost Helen Oswald.

Budding young Montrose writers achieved success in the Tartan Treasures competition, as part of this year’s Tartan Day Scotland Festival.

The competition involved writing a factual or fictional diary entry recalling a place, time, occasion or person with a Scottish connection. Almost 160 entries were submitted and although most were from the UK, there were several from further afield, including India, Indonesia and Spain.

The finalists in the under-16 category were Allie Moir from Montrose, Faith Petrie, also from Montrose, and Chloe Phillips from Broughty Ferry, While in the 16 and over category, finalists were Suzanne Milne from Forfar, Karen Hill from Lancashire and Alex Mahon from Spain.

All the finalists were invited to attend the prize-giving at Brechin Townhouse Museum, where Suzanne Milne was named the winner of the 16 and over category, receiving an overnight stay at Carnoustie Golf Hotel, with Faith Petrie winning the Under-16 category and a Kindle Fire tablet.

“There was a truly international flavour to this year’s competition,” said the Provost of Angus, Councillor Helen Oswald, who was joined on the judging panel by local historian and chair of Arbroath 2020 Group, Norman Atkinson, and prizewinning author, Chris Longmuir.

“I’ve judged the Tartan Treasures competition several times and the fact that it now attracts entries from all over the world shows how word has spread about this competition and about the Tartan Day Scotland Festival.

“The Scottish angle certainly captured the finalists’ imaginations and, as the standard of writing was incredibly high, choosing a winner for each category proved to be incredibly difficult,” added the Provost.

Following the prize-giving ceremony, Chris Longmuir read the winning entries to the audience.

“The art of diary keeping is obviously alive and well,” said Chris. “As an author of several prize-winning novels, it was a pleasure to be involved in choosing the winners of this year’s competition.”