MP unveils Christmas card

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Children from a Chesterfield school have been busy with paint, glue and glitter – following a challenge set by their MP.

Each year Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins holds an art competition to design his Christmas card in partnership with a local school.

The winning design appears on Mr Perkins’ 2,000 cards sent out to the Prime Minister and people in Chesterfield.

This year, pupils from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School have taken on the task of producing the design, with Chesterfield-based firms Yeomans Outdoors and industrial weighing specialists Weightron Bilanchiai donating sponsorship.

Year one pupil Abbi Burke’s Rudolph was proudly unveiled by Mr Perkins as the winning design at MacIntyre’s Square Canvas Art Gallery, next to the Yorkshire Bank, in New Square, where all the shortlisted creations are on public display between 9am and 3pm until Friday, December 14.

Mr Perkins said: “It was a real pleasure but a tough task choosing just one winning design.

“All the children’s efforts were excellent – we’re lucky to have so many talented young people and committed teachers in Chesterfield.

“I hope plenty of people call in to the MacIntyre gallery in New Square to view the children’s impressive work.”

Mr Perkins added: “I’d like to thank our generous sponsors Yeomans and Weightron Bilanchiai for making this celebration of our young people’s artistic talents possible.”