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Mother's Day drawing competition: Winners revealed!

By Val Sweeney

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HUNDREDS of youngsters in the Highlands put their artistic talents to the test in celebration of Mother’s Day.

More than 650 children from 29 primary schools and nurseries took part in a portrait competition organised by the Eastgate Shopping Centre in Inverness, in conjunction with the Inverness Courier.

They were challenged to draw a picture of their mother, grandmother, auntie or guardian doing whatever makes them smile.

Kirstin Gault, Eastgate’s digital and marketing executive, and Amanda Scott, digital audience development manager of Highland News and Media – publisher of the Inverness Courier – took on the difficult role of choosing the winners from three age categories – under six years, six to nine years old and 10 to 12 years.

Summer Holloway (4), of Hilton of Cadboll Nursery won the youngest age section.

In her entry, she said her mother smiled “when I do something nice for her”.

The winning design in the six to nine-year-olds section was Tiana Fraser (9) from Rosehall Primary in Lairg. She said her mother smiles “when I give her a card”.

The 10 to 12-year-old category was won by Ella McCreevy (11) of Kinmylies Primary. She revealed painting, house plants and Toby the dog made her mum smile.

The winning youngsters each received a £30 Eastgate voucher to spend at a store of their choice.

Their mothers will also be able to treat themselves with a £30 voucher plus a Juicy Strawberry Delights bag with a personalised skin consultation and makeover from The Body Shop.

“We loved looking through all of the drawings that were shared with us and was absolutely thrilled with the number of responses,” Miss Gault said.

“Thank you to everyone who got involved.”

A selection of the best pictures will remain on display throughout the shopping centre until Monday.

* We also want to know how you celebrate Mother’s Day in the present circumstances and what messages you are giving your mums, grandmothers and guardians. We might publish the best photographs, messages and stories in the Courier next week and on our website.

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