Eleven-year-old Christopher McCall, a primary six pupil from Williamsburgh Primary School, won the Paisley First mascot competition in March 2017 with his design…Paisley Lion!
Paisley First received hundreds of entries for the competition from school children all across Renfrewshire but Christopher impressed judges with his colourful creation which was picked from the final shortlist of ten entries.
Paisley Lion, already earning the nickname Buddie, made his first public appearance at St Vincent’s Hospice CarFest in the town centre along with Christopher in June 2017.
But before then, he popped into Williamsburgh Primary School to say hello to Christopher and his classmates.
So what did Christopher think of his creation?
Christopher said: “It looks great, I can’t believe how much he looks like my drawing.”
“I can’t wait to be in Paisley town centre and be able to see him walking about, he looks fantastic!”
Headteacher Nova Scott said: “This is a wonderful achievement for Christopher and it’s great to see all his hard work has paid off.”
“We’re so proud of Christopher and thrilled that he has helped put Williamsburgh Primary School on the map.”
It’s important to involve the children in all the positive projects we are working on to bring more people to the town centre.
Thanks to Christopher, we now have a fantastic new member of the Paisley First team!
As well as being able to see his mascot design brought to life, Christopher received a £25.00 prize and as the winning school, Williamsburgh Primary School Parent Teacher Association also received a cheque for £200.00.
Three runners up also received prizes of £15.00 each – Jack Dunn of Wallace Primary School and Erin Clark and Lily Belle McEwan of Williamsburgh Primary School.