THERE have been many who have suffered for their art down the years.
But not East Renfrewshire’s little Beth Crawford, who has won a national art competition.
Beth (4), a pupil at Busby primary school in Clarkston, had her winning design for the Scottish government’s Ready for Winter campaign chosen ahead of 700 entries from 26 schools across Scotland for a place in the Get Ready for the Year Ahead calendar.
The purpose of the calendar is to encourage people to think ahead and be better prepared for all kinds of emergencies which may arise.
Beth’s picture, which depicts being on the move in severe weather, impressed the judges.
It will represent February in the forthcoming calendar, which has been put together by the Scottish government, Education Scotland, the British Red Cross and Scottish Water.
The talented pupil was one of a total of 20 pupils from other schools across the country whose eye-catching designs make up the 14-month calendar.
Each picture helps to communicate the importance of making sure you are prepared for emergencies in the home, in the community and in the car — and the simple steps we can all take to do so.
Over the past 30 years some parts of Scotland have been badly affected by different forms of severe weather, including the damaging storms earlier this year (and more this week - p7) and the freezing temperatures of the previous two years which were among the worst in decades.
The Ready for Winter? Campaign — in partnership with the British Red Cross and other organisations across Scotland — provides everyone with information and advice on how to prepare and cope with all kinds of severe weather including snow, ice, flooding and high winds.
Last week, Beth was presented with her original picture framed and a copy of the Get ready for the year ahead calendar.
The school also received £100 of gift vouchers for art materials along with a copy of the calendar.
Minister for transport and veterans Keith Brown said: “Being prepared for winter and all kinds of severe weather is something we all need to take responsibility for.
“This year’s campaign is encouraging everyone in Scotland to start thinking about how severe weather could impact on them, at home, before setting out on journeys, in their communities and at their place of work.”