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SPECIAL messages of festive joy will be dropping through the letterboxes of businesses across Cumbria in the coming days – and they will carry very unique designs.

Primary school children were challenged to come up with their best Christmas picture, with the winners destined for the front and inside of the JF Hornby & Co’s official 2023 card.

After days of judges’ deliberations, it was a remarkable clean sweep for Croftlands Junior School in Ulverston, with four pupils selected as winners.

Vibrant: One of the winning designs

Their official cards were unveiled at a mini prize-giving ceremony this week, where the youngsters were also presented with Amazon vouchers as prizes.

Paul Hornby, Managing Director of JF Hornby and Co said: “The quality of the entries was remarkable – in fact, it took three days for us to sift through the entries and decide upon the winners.

“In the end, we decided to have two different cards, and selected designs for the front and the inside, such was the quality of the entries. Huge congratulations to the winners and the Croftlands Junior School for such a fantastic effort.”

Every year the team at JF Hornby & Co carry out a number of festive goodwill missions, from food bank appeals to doorstep deliveries of hampers to the area’s most needy or deserving residents.

This is the first year the company has entrusted the design of its Christmas Card with school children.

Festive: Rudolph stole the show

The victorious four were Bella and Dexter from Year Three, along with Dolly and Teal from Year Five.

Their designs included a fantastic hand-drawn reindeer, a finger painted bauble, a collage Christmas tree and some beautifully illustrated baubles.

Croftland Junior School headteacher Lou Mahon, said: It matters to us that we are an active part of our local community, its charities and its businesses.  

“Being able to contribute our children’s artistic talents to this competition and raise the profile of our wonderful school is a brilliant opportunity.   

“We are really proud of the children’s creative efforts and they were thrilled to hear we had a clean sweep of winners!”