Six talented young artists have been chosen to design annual Christmas cards for both the Mayor of Richmond and the Leader of the Council.

Mayor Nancy Baldwin said:“The standard of the entries for my card competition was amazing!

"Thank you to all the children who took part.

"I could see that you worked really hard on your designs.

"For me, Laura, Bartu and Sophie’s creations really stood out.

"These three young artists showed off their talent and the designs will look fantastic on my Christmas cards.”

The children successfully beat more than 400 entries and, after a difficult judging session, the below young people were picked to design three Christmas cards for the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Council Leader.

The winners are:

• Laura Wojnar (Aged five)

• Bartu (From Chase Bridge Primary School)

• Sophie Simonova (Aged five)

• Alex Boxall (Aged nine)

• Brooke Potter (Aged seven)

• Ayla Qader-Parsons (Aged seven)

Councillor Gareth Roberts, added: “We asked for top notch drawings and by Rudolph our local children didn’t disappoint.

"And with over 400 festive favourites to choose from, the job of judging was incredibly difficult.

"It’s safe to say every single entry made it onto my Nice List but the designs by Alex, Brooke and Ayla really caught my eye.

“As Christmas is a time for hope it was particularly encouraging to see a strong environmental theme running through so many entries, well done to all who took part.”

The runners up were:

• Evie -Rose Beglane (Aged six)

• Mia Taffs (Aged ten)

• Bowen Guan (From The Queens CofE school)

• Lexie Grant (Aged 11)

• Sophie Simonova (Aged five)

• Leona Mayali-Kagami (Aged eight)

The Christmas cards will be sent to many organisations, businesses and charities that the Council and Mayor have worked with throughout the year.