Bonnybridge girl wins Festival Fringe poster competition

Molly with her winnning design
Molly with her winnning design

A striking image by a talented teen will be part of a top exhibition at the Museum of Childhood this year after winning the regional honour.

Molly Williamson’s animated picture of a woman holding an umbrella won the Glasgow and Clyde Valley section of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society’s Schools Poster Competition out of 509 other entries.

It has been described by the Fringe’s judges as “encapsulating” the Fringe’s ethos and, as one of the 13 regional winners, it will be displayed in Edinburgh’s Museum of Childhood from Friday August 26.

Chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society Kath M. Mainland said: “Molly’s design came top of all entries from Glasgow and the Clyde Valley as it met the judges’ criteria of being fun, eye-catching, colourful and encapsulating the feel of the Fringe.

“This is a terrific achievement and something to be very proud of.”

Molly, from Bonnybridge, who attends St Mungo’s High School in Falkirk, also goes to The Scottish Centre for Children with Motor Impairments in Cumbernauld as she suffers from cerebal palsy. Her twin sister Rosie is unaffected by the condition.

Molly’s creation is from a picture she took of a friend from the centre which she enhanced on her computer.

Mum Caroline said: “I am absolutely delighted for her and so proud. It’s an amazing achievement.

“Molly was so pleased when she found out it had won and I think it will be a great confidence boost for her.

“Because of her condition she can’t participate in a lot of things. She has trouble walking, but with this she could sit and do things at her own pace and played to her own strengths.

“The picture was taken of one her friends and she did the rest on the computer.

“A lot of people have asked if she took inspiration from Andy Warhol because it’s similar to his art, but she said she just did her own thing which makes it even more amazing.”