Christmas card winner Cerys in seat of power

Cerys tries out Mr Torrance's thinking pod at the Parliament
Cerys tries out Mr Torrance's thinking pod at the Parliament

Kirkcaldy youngster Cerys Dixon enjoyed a day to remember last week when she was invited across to the Scottish Parliament.

Cerys (10), and her mum Fiona made the trip as guests of David Torrance MSP after the 10-year-old Valley Primary pupil was chosen from dozens of P6 and P7 pupils from three local schools, Torbain, Valley and Pathhead, which took part in a competition to design the MSP’s Christmas card this year.

Her colourful reindeer design caught the eye of the four judges, who whittled the entries down to a final four, before Mr Torrance had the final say on the winner.

After seeing her design transformed into a Christmas card and receiving a Christmas hamper full of goodies from Sainsbury’s who helped organise the competition, the final part of Cerys’ prize was a trip across to meet Mr Torrance at the Parliament for a special guided tour.

The snow began to fall heavily as the group arrived at the Parliament, making the trip even more festive.

After a tour around the Parliament building and a visit to Mr Torrance’s office, with its stunning views up to Arthur’s Seat, the group, including Jen Chan from Sainsbury’s, and Tanya Scoon from the Press who helped with the judging, attended First Minister’s Questions where there were several heated debates on current topics including fuel poverty and primary teacher numbers, which Cerys said she enjoyed.

Then there was time for a festive lunch in the members’ restaurant before heading home.

Cerys said: “I had a lovely day and really enjoyed my trip to the Parliament and seeing my design as a Christmas card.”