Christmas has come early for three pupils at Prior Weston Primary School, who have been announced as the winner and runners-up of an art competition aimed to promote the Whitecross Street Christmas lights switch-on event.

Twenty seven pupils from Prior Weston School and nearby St Luke’s Primary School and Richard Cloudesley School entered the competition. The winner’s artwork would be turned into a poster promoting the Whitecross Street Christmas lights switch-on.

The winners were announced at a school assembly by Cllr Troy Gallagher, a local Bunhill ward councillor. Yarnisa Maneechak, a Year 5 Pupil at Prior Weston Primary School, won for her eye-catching artwork of Father Christmas flying over London in his sleigh. The creation is now on posters lining Whitecross Street and Central Street.

Fellow Prior Weston pupils Niamh Hood in Year 5 and Isadora McCarthy in Year 4 came in second and third place.

Cllr Troy Gallagher, Bunhill ward councillor, says: “Congratulations to Yarnisa, Niamh and Isadora and to all the other children who took part. They should all be proud of their work and feel like winners. The quality of artwork was excellent and choosing from the entries was very difficult. There was a fantastic atmosphere at the school and it really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”

Yarnisa Maneechak, the winning pupil, says: “I am really pleased to have won the competition. I spent a long time working on my drawing so it is great to see my work on a poster. I’m looking forward to the Christmas lights switch-on.” 

The Whitecross Street Christmas lights switch-on will take place on Thursday 30th November 4pm-6pm on Roscoe Street and Whitecross Street. There will be live music, a food market, Santa’s Grotto and more entertainment. It will be the first time in seven years that Whitecross Street gets its own Christmas lights switch-on, which local Bunhill ward councillors have repeatedly called for to bring some festive spirit to the area.

For more information on the Whitecross Street Christmas lights switch-on, visit the Facebook page. To find out more about the Christmas lights switch-ons taking place throughout Islington, visit the Islington Life website.



1: Cllr Troy Gallagher, Bunhill ward councillor, presents certificates to (l-r) Isadora McCarthy, Niamh Hood, Yarnisa Maneechak

2: Yarnisa’s winning art work

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