Sam’s artwork wins approval of Royal-tee

Sam Mutch of Pittenweem (9) meeting Prince Charles after winning a SeaFood competition
Sam Mutch of Pittenweem (9) meeting Prince Charles after winning a SeaFood competition

A PITTENWEEM pupil came face to face with Royalty last week when he met the future King, Prince Charles, in Edinburgh.

Nine-year-old Sam Mutch who attends the East Neuk’ primary school was in the Capital at the sixth World Fisheries Congress after winning a national competition to design a tee-shirt explaining sustainable fishing.

Held in the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) he met with HRH The Duke of Rothesay and spoke with him briefly about his efforts.

Sam told the Mail he had a great day out, he said: “Meeting Prince Charles at the World Fisheries Congress in Edinburgh was exciting and he was very friendly.

“He said he was impressed by my tee-shirt design and asked if it took me a long time to come up with the idea.

“I really enjoyed learning about the fish we eat and where it comes from as part of this project.”

Sam was picked out as the winner by an expert panel of judges in The Seafood Awareness schools’ competition, which is part of Seafood Scotland’s Seafood in Schools programme.

His tee-shirt had to not only have the theme of sustainable fishing but also highlight the association between seafood and science.

As well as his invitation to Edinburgh, Sam won a £500 cheque for his school, to be spent on science equipment, plus a tee-shirt in his own design and an educational trip for his entire class to Deep Sea World at North Queensferry.

Sam was presented with his prize by Richard Lochead MSP, cabinet secretary for rural affairs and environment; Jon Harman, Seafish operations director and Nicki Holmyard from Seafood Scotland.

Speaking at the event, Felicity Huntingford, World Council of Fisheries Societies president spoke highly of Sam’s design.

She said: “This competition has been very valuable from an educational point of view. It also allowed them to unleash their creative talent by challenging them to design a tee-shirt, which highlight the importance of sustainably sourced fish at the same time and Sam’s design is brilliant!”