THE WINNERS of a primary school competition to design a bookmark for World Book Day were presented with their prizes at an Arbroath opticians on Friday.
Specsavers in the Abbeygate Centre had challenged pupils from the Arbroath and Carnoustie areas to create a bookmark that reflected their love of reading, a favourite book or characters from a novel.
The competition ran in the build-up to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s worldwide celebration of reading which is in its 15th year and is marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
Almost 250 entries were received from seven local primary schools - Woodlands, Hayshead, Colliston, Carmyllie, Ladyloan, Muirfield and Arbirlot.
The winners were Daisy Taylor, Ladyloan Primary School, in the primary one to three category; Jamie Anderson, Muirfield Primary School, in the primary four and five section; and Lauren Bloor, Woodlands Primary School in the primary six and seven class.
Each of the winners received a £25 book token and 10 professionally made versions of their successful bookmark design.
Jamie Buchan, store director of Specsavers in Arbroath, said: “We ran a similar competition very successfully five years ago and the response has been absolutely phenomenal this time too.
“As well as the main prize-winners of each of the categories for their fantastic designs, we also had to applaud the effort by Chais Topen, Carmyllie Primary School, for trying to appeal to the judges with a Specsavers themed bookmark that we just had to have made for her.
“We are delighted to have had so many children take part, and while we hope the winners enjoy their prizes we also hope that it has inspired many of the others to read more.”