CHILDREN at primary schools in Neilston have brushed up on their knowledge of Robert Burns by taking part in a fun contest.

The local Freemasons Lodge, Thistle & Crown No 1167, offered a £200 gift each to Neilston Primary and St Thomas’ Primary, with the money being used to provide prizes for youngsters who showed the most original ways of celebrating the national bard.

Some pupils opted to recite one of Burns’ famous poems, while others made art or penned short articles.

John Miller, Master of the Lodge, said he was delighted with the response to the competition.

He told the Barrhead News: “We wanted to create more interest in Robert Burns among local children and we really appreciated the participation of the two schools.

“We were absolutely delighted by the enthusiasm of the pupils and all the effort they put in, which produced such excellent results.”

Nathan Clyde took first place in the contest at St Thomas’ Primary, with Ava Sweeney named runner-up and Lplah Queen claiming third place.

At Neilston Primary, the top three entries were from Chloe, Ellie and Heather, who secured first place.