A PEEBLES primary pupil was in dreamland this week after her Christmas card design came out on top.

Ailsa Jarvis' snowman beat off designs from around 300 fellow pupils at Kingsland to be selected as Scottish Borders Council’s official Christmas card.

The primary six pupil was presented with a £25 book voucher by council leader, Shona Haslam, and convenor, David Parker.

Ailsa told us: "I thought it was a dream.

"I have never won anything like this before.

"I am really excited that my card will be all over the Scottish Borders and beyond.”

As well as the book token Ailsa will receive a supply of her very own Christmas cards to send to family and friends.

Convener Parker plans to select a school from a different part of the Borders each year to produce the artwork for the Christmas card.

And he was impressed with the inaugural standard set by Kingsland.

He told the Peeblesshire News: “I was delighted that Kingsland Primary School was able to be the first school to take part in designing the Council Christmas card.

"The competition was an excellent one and the card designs were of a very high quality.

"It was a really tough decision to select the final design.

“Ailsa’s design was a bold bright traditional Christmas card and it caught our imagination.

"The card will be sent to many people over the festive season with about 98 per cent of the cards being electronic.

“Next year, I hope that a primary school in the Teviot and Liddesdale locality will take part in the competition."

Prizes were also awarded to primary 7 pupil Morgan Hamilton, who was runner-up, and Nancy Thomson from primary 2, who was third.

Councillor Parker added: "It was great meeting all the children at Kingsland today and with their enthusiasm and excitement - and with only 25 sleeps to Santa we had a great time announcing the winning entries at assembly this afternoon.

"A big thanks must go to headteacher Jacqueline Wilson and her staff along with all the pupils for their hard work and support in creating the Council Christmas card.”