The Stranraer Development Trust conducted a competition incorporating local primary schools in January 2022. The competition centred on the launched of the lighthouse tours which had been developed by the SDT. Schools were asked to submit one drawing of a map of the 6 lighthouses incorporated in the lighthouse tours. Upon the submission of entries, the drawings were displayed in Tesco in Stranraer from the 23rd of February for approx. 2 weeks. An anonymous counter voting system was imposed, and a winner was announced on the 11th of March.
The winning school was Sandhead Primary. Nahla Mcmeikan, P7, who drew the winning design, and her classmates were invited to take part in an excursion to the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse as part of their prize. On 12th of May, the children from Sandhead Primary, along with their teacher, Kelsey McWhirter the Youth Activities Engagement Officer, and Allan Jenkins, both staff members with the Stranraer Development Trust, visited the lighthouse at the Mull of Galloway. All who attended received a tour of both the lighthouse tower and the exhibition centre, the children were able to learn all about the lighthouse and its history. After completing the tour, the children headed to the Gallie Craig Tearoom, there the children ate their packed lunches provided by the school and were treated to some delicious ice-cream sundaes, provided by Gallie Craig. Once we arrived back at Sandhead Primary School, the children were provided with various snacks, kindly provided by Sally Murray the Community Champion for Tesco in Stranraer. The children all noted that they very much enjoyed their trip and had a great time.
The Stranraer Development Trust would like to thank the P7s from Sandhead Primary school and their teacher, Miss Paula Douglas, for taking part in the competition and the excursion, the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse Board and staff for facilitating the tours and providing guides, the Gallie Craig Tearoom for hosting us for lunch and providing some delicious ice-cream sundaes, Sally Murray the Community Champion for supporting the competition throughout, Pete Robinson the photographer who captured the fantastic images and the ‘Scotland Loves Local’ funders who made the trip possible.