Youngsters’ designs help keep Santa on track

Dylan, Alana and Gracie are pictured with their prizes.
Dylan, Alana and Gracie are pictured with their prizes.

An eight-year-old girl from Kirriemuir was able to go on a toy shopping spree after winning a Christmas competition with a local optician.

Alana Whitelaw’s drawing was chosen from more than 60 entries that were submitted for a drawing competition at Specsavers in Forfar.

Having lost his specs, Santa asked the store and the local community to help him out in time for his delivery round on Christmas Eve.

The children were tasked with designing him a new pair of glasses using templates available from the Castle Street store, and come up with a design he would love before handing their entries back into the shop.

All drawings were displayed in the window and customers were asked to vote for their favourite.

Blair Michie, store director at Specsavers Forfar, said: “We were thrilled that so many children entered our competition and congratulations to Alana who was selected as our winner.

“We would like to thank everyone who designed Santa new specs, all the drawings really brightened up the window. We have some very talented artists in the local community.”

Alana, who is a pupil at Southmuir Primary School in Kirrie, visited the store the weekend before Christmas to receive her prize, a £100 gift voucher for Toys R Us.

The competition also had two runners-up – six-year-old Gracie Wallace and five-year-old Dylan McIntosh, both of whom received a hamper of sweets.