First Rotary young artist competition winners

Dunbar Rotarian David Laird accepting the certificates and the Trophy for the Junior Section Winner (Dunbar Primary) from Rotary District 1020 District Governor Olive Geddes with Eyemouth Rotary Youth Convenor and the event organiser Jo Pawley looking on.
Dunbar Rotarian David Laird accepting the certificates and the Trophy for the Junior Section Winner (Dunbar Primary) from Rotary District 1020 District Governor Olive Geddes with Eyemouth Rotary Youth Convenor and the event organiser Jo Pawley looking on.

Eyemouth High School hosted the finals of the first Rotary District 1020 (Southern Scotland) young artist competition last week.

The competition was divided into three age categories and the work of 30 finalists who had placed first or second in their local Rotary club competitions came under the spotlight at Eyemouth where the three judges chose their top choice in each section.

Judges were local artist Derek Jones, Eyemouth Rotarian Bob Wortley and, retired Northumberland art teacher and lecturer Joan Stewart.

They spent the morning studying each piece of work, Joan Stewart saying: “The standard was exceptionally high, the technical skill levels shown were am azing”.

The prize giving and reception took place in the afternoon and was attended by Berwickshire’s Lord Lieutenant Jeanna Swan, Eyemouth Honorary Provost Jemma Landels, Rotary District 1020 District Governor Olive Geddes, Rotarians from Dunbar, Selkirk, Falkirk, Tranent, Kelso, Hawick and Eyemouth, plus some of the finalists and their parents.

Thanking head teach for hosting the event, District Governor Olive, commented on the positive atmosphere within the school and thanked him for the continuing partnership working with Rotary Eyemouth.

The winning artists selected are: junior 7-11 years - a pupil from Dunbar Primary School (who will be presented with their prize tomorrow, October 14); intermediate 11-13 years - Dominic Chapman, Eyemouth High School; and senior 14-17 years - Devon Todd, Eyemouth High School.

Jo Pawley Rotary Eyemouth’s youth convenor and organiser of the event said: “This was the very first Rotary District 1020 young artist competition.

“We were delighted to organise the whole event and to hold the final in Eyemouth which gave us the opportunity to showcase not just the talent of the young people involved across our Rotary district but also the town of Eyemouth and our amazing high school”.