Christmas cards bring festive cheer to Princes Street

Christmas cards designed by Edinburgh school pupils are set to brighten up Princes Street this weekend by being displayed on all the street’s digital bus shelter screens.

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Braidburn School pupil Yiannis Hadjipieris with his winning card design

Hundreds of pupils across the city entered the competition to design the cards for the Communities & Families Services of the City of Edinburgh Council.

In total 11 designs will be shown on the screens with three of them being chosen by Education Convener Councillor Ian Perry, Vice Convener Councillor Alison Dickie and Executive Director Alistair Gaw as their official Christmas cards.

They were designed by Mithila Alamgir, (P6 Sighthill Primary School), Yiannis Hadjipieris, (P2 Braidburn School) and Avah Robertson, (P5 Longstone Primary School).

The Christmas card competition is an annual event and for the third year JCDecaux offered the added incentive of 11 lucky pupils having their designs shown on their digital bus shelter screens in Princes Street.

Cllr Perry said: “This is the first time I’ve been involved in choosing the winners and I was delighted to see such a high quality of entries. Choosing ten overall for the bus shelters was really difficult so huge congratulations to Mithila, Yiannis and Avah whose designs will feature on our Christmas cards.”

Cllr Dickie said: “It must be really exciting for the pupils and their families to see the designs on public show and all the entries deserve special mention. I’m delighted that JCDecaux have once again allowed designs to be displayed on the bus shelters in Princes Street to brighten up this weekend.”

Suzanne Williamson, Partnership Director at JCDecaux said, “This is the third year that JCDecaux has worked with the City of Edinburgh Council to bring some of the beautiful Christmas cards to digital screens in Princes Street. I always look forward to this annual showcase by the talented young artists in the city.” 

The designs will be displayed from December 1 through to Monday December 4 on all the digital screens on Princes Street.

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