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Have a Mayor-E Christmas
Monday 14th December, 2009

Have a Mayor-E Christmas
Example of a card

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Mayor of Wigan Borough, Cllr Mark Aldred, is leading the way with a high tech – and paper saving – Christmas treat.

Three cheery Christmas cards, designed by local residents, are available online for anyone to download or send out as e-cards.

Budding artists, from 5 year old Mia and her jolly snowman picture through to talented photographers and grown up sketchers like Shibana from Leigh, sent their submissions to the council’s residents’ magazine Borough Life.

The winning entries are being used as the official Wigan Life Christmas card and are now available to purchase at Leigh and Wigan town halls and the tourist information centre. All proceeds from the sale of the cards will be donated to the mayor's charity appeal to improve local services for sufferers from dementia and meningitis.

The Mayor said: "We had some cracking entries and it was a tough decision. But in the end we've got three great designs which I will be proud to send to everyone on my Christmas card list."

After the judges’ deliberations, 9 year old Rebecca Ashurst, a Tyldesley Brownie, was chosen as the winner in the Under 13s category for what the judges described as 'a well drawn traditional Christmas scene'.

Winning the 13-19 age category was Kate Webster from Billinge, with a photo of ducks on a chilly Mesnes Park lake in Wigan. This was praised as 'an excellent photograph and very characteristic of the borough'.

The adults’ age group saw success for Jacqueline Walsh from Hindley. Her witty image of a mince pie wearing a Santa hat amused and delighted the judges.

All three winners have won £100 in high street shopping vouchers and have been invited to the Mayor’s Parlour at the town hall to collect their prize and receive a personal thank you from the Mayor.

As well as the traditional cards which people can buy, anyone can download and send electronic versions of the three winning entries by going to wiganlife.com. Residents without the internet at home can access the web pages for free at their local borough library. There are easy to follow instructions and before you can say “Ho ho ho”, you’ll have an eye-catching local design to send out from the borough to friends and family this Christmas.

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