Party toast for Friends’ winners

WINNERS of the recent Friends of Kinneil art and photography competition have collected their prizes at the charity’s Christmas party.The event – hosted by Friends’ chairwoman Lynn Munro – was held at her home, Hollywood House, in Grahamsdyke Road, Bo’ness, last Friday. Among the guests were Journal and Gazette photographer Gordon McBrearty and local art teacher Guthrie Pollock, who judged the competition.

The contest was organised to encourage people to share their images of the historic Kinneil landscape, which is packed with wildlife, natural habitats and listed buildings.

In the adult categories, Derek Freeman, of Roman Way, Bo’ness, took first place for best photograph; with John Donaldson of Bomar Avenue, winning the art prize. In the junior section Iain Don (8), of Grangemouth Road, Bo’ness, took the photo prize for his composition, showing one of the woodland walks in the estate. Chloe Nash (11), of Stewart Avenue, Bo’ness, captured the junior art prize with her vision of birdwatching on the west pond.

Prizes, including Historic Scotland passes, vouchers and art kits were up for grabs.

“We were pleased some of the winners could attend the party to collect their prizes in person,” said Lynn. “We’re also distributing prizes to those who couldn’t make it along on the night.

“The breadth of winning entries shows why the estate is so important to local people. Kinneil truly is a magical place for local families – and the winning entries capture the many facets of this wonderful parkland. We were pleased so many people took the time and trouble to enter.”

Ms Munro thanked Historic Scotland for providing annual memberships as key prizes for the competition. Her shop, Country Fayre, in South Street, Bo’ness, also provided some of the runners-up prizes.