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Duncan has designs on Angus Marafun

Pictured at the prize-giving are, back from left - Scott Ballantyne, Forfar Rotary Club; Paula Elvin, Astute;  Ian Callum; Gordon Peterkin and Duncan Low; centre -  Gemma Fraser, Hugo Morrow and Sureshta Singh and front -  Nadia Assakali and McKenzie Sutherland.

Pictured at the prize-giving are, back from left - Scott Ballantyne, Forfar Rotary Club; Paula Elvin, Astute; Ian Callum; Gordon Peterkin and Duncan Low; centre - Gemma Fraser, Hugo Morrow and Sureshta Singh and front - Nadia Assakali and McKenzie Sutherland.

The Angus Rotary Marafun now has an eye-catching logo, thanks to the artistic talents of Forfar Academy pupil Duncan Low.

Duncan was one of 160 school pupils from throughout Angus who entered a competition run by Forfar Rotary Club to promote its major fund-raising event held later this year.

The high standard of entries was judged by Jaguar design chief Ian Callum, a child-hood friend of Marafun committee member Gordon Peterkin.

His artistic talents have been used to create such greats as the Ford Escort Cosworth, Aston Martin DB7 and Jaguar’s F-type so it was high praise indeed for the winners when they met at Astute in Forfar on Saturday.

Ian said he was “very impressed” by all the entries but reserved special praise for the overall winner - 17-year-old Duncan.

His design cleverly incorporated the cog of the Rotary international emblem and a footprint for the fun run which takes place in Forfar on Sunday, May 25.

Mr Callum said: “When I am looking at any piece of design work I’m looking for a story. Every one of these entries had a story in it and I thought Duncan’s was particularly good because it also had an element of fun in it, and it is after all a fun run.”

He told Duncan: “The combination of the footprint and the cog was beautifully balanced and I think you are very talented indeed.”

Duncan’s entry will now feature on Marafun promotional material.

Also receiving their awards on Saturday were Gemma Fraser, 14, of Arbroath Academy and Arbroath High School pupil, 13-year-old Hugo Morrow who won second and third places respectively in the senior category.

The competition for the primary school competition was won by Sureshta Singh, 10, of Glamis primary. In second place was McKenzie Sutherland, also 10, from Lochside in Montrose and third was 11-year-old Nadia Assakali of Strathmartine School.

Commenting on the standard of entries received for the competition, Gordon Peterkin said: “The standard was very good. The competition was open to all the Angus schools and we had total of 160 entries.

“Ian Callum was pleased with the whole lot. We want to encourage the creativity of these children and a general positive attitude to activity, health and doing good things for charity.”

There is another treat in store for the senior winners as Mr Callum has agreed to host them on a trip of a lifetime visit to his design studio later this year.

Forfar Rotary president Scott Ballantyne said: “I would like to say a huge thank-you to everyone who put their submissions in, and to Ian Callum for being so generous in agreeing to judge the competition and to come to Forfar to present the prizes.”

He also thanked Astute director Paula Elvin for the company’s support of the Angus Rotary Marafun. The firm has put up £200 worth of vouchers for educational products for the winning primary and secondary schools, as well as the individual cash awards.

All winners were given a special memento of their success as Astute had transferred their design to mugs.

Marafun entries are still being taken - log on to www.forfarrotary.org.uk for details.

 

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