Last Thursday evening I had the honour of hosting the first Falkirk Herald Young Writers Awards in the town’s Trinity Church.
And what a fantastic occasion it was!
A few months ago, we launched the competition by inviting local schoolchildren to send us their stories about the Kelpies – and they did so in their hundreds.
In total around 2000 entries landed on my desk, giving the judges we had lined up something of a headache as we asked them to narrow them down to a final three in each category.
It was quite a task but they eventually managed it and the awards ceremony saw the prizewinners turn up with their proud mums and dads to pick up their certificate and a collection of books.
It was great to see the smiles on the young people’s faces as they came up on to the stage and they richly deserved the accolade.
In a day and age when computers are king, it was refreshing to see so many put pen – and pencil – to paper to tell their spellbinding stories,