YOUNG artists added a splash of colour and community spirit into the annual mayoral Christmas cards.
Solihull Mayor, Coun Ken Meeson, teamed up with Art at the Heart CIC to host a mayoral Christmas card design competition for children aged seven to 13 in the borough.
This is the first time a Mayor of Solihull has chosen to personalise their official Mayoral Christmas cards in such a way.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Solihull hosted the winners and runners up from the community arts group at the Council’s Civic Suite for refreshments and a prize-giving.
Bethany Hawkins, 13, won the age 10 to 13 category with a Christmas tree design, and the Mayor presented her with book tokens and a printed and signed copy of her card design.
Coralie Shepherd, aged seven, was the winner of the age seven to nine category, with her design featuring a festive and colourful Christmas gift.
Runners up Aarif Li, 10, and Ria Sharma, nine, were also selected to receive book tokens as a prize for their submissions.
The Mayor and Mayoress were delighted with the chosen works of art, and both designs will be proudly distributed in Solihull as the official Mayoral Christmas greetings card in 2021.
The Mayor said: “I felt very passionately that community should be a key theme in our Christmas festivities this year.
“Teaming up with Art at the Heart and giving the young people of Solihull this opportunity felt like a natural fit.
“The card designs really are fantastic, the Mayoress and I are taken aback by the wealth of talent in the young generation of our borough, and we couldn’t be prouder to sign our names on each and every one of these wonderful Christmas cards.”