Niamh puts her stamp on Christmas

Niamh Carroll's design for a Christmas stamp
Niamh Carroll's design for a Christmas stamp

A budding artist from Castle Douglas has moved a step further in becoming one of the designers of Royal Mail’s 2013 Christmas stamps.

As part of Royal Mail’s children’s Christmas stamp design competition, the entry from Niamh Carroll, aged 11 from Hardgate Primary School, was chosen as one of the best entries from thousands in Scotland.

Niamh’s entry is one of 10 to have been shortlisted in Scotland and 140 UK-wide. It will go through to the next stage of the competition where local judges will select their top two entries to represent the region in the national final.

During the national final, Prince Charles will lead a panel of judges who will select the two designs from 24 finalists who will feature on this year’s first and second class Christmas stamps. The stamps will be on sale from November 5.

Niamh has already won £100 in vouchers and £100 for her school. However, this will increase if she progresses in the competition.

Royal Mail has received an astonishing 240,000 entries from children aged four to 11 from across the UK in response to the question: “What does the Christmas season mean to you?”

Entries submitted to the competition will be displayed on a special website launching later this week.

As with all special stamps issued by Royal Mail, both winning designs will have to be approved by the Queen.