Children at two schools in Neilston have been rewarded for creating their own versions of famous works by Scotland’s national bard.

The contest was sponsored by the local Freemasons Lodge in the village, Thistle & Crown No 1,167, for a third time.

At St Thomas’ Primary, the winning poem written in the style of Robert Burns was composed by Daniel McWilliams, who was presented with a cheque for £200 to go towards school funds.

The victorious entry at Neilston Primary was called ‘The Harebells o’ the Bens’ and was written by Skye Mueller, who was also handed a £200 cheque for the school.

A spokesperson for Neilston Primary said: “The competition was a great opportunity to showcase the talents of our primary seven learners.

“The pupils learned about the life and work of Rabbie Burns, inspiring them to create their own versions of some of his famous poems.

“Skye was delighted to be announced as the Neilston Primary School winner for her poem, as voted by her peers.”

John Miller, master of the Lodge, visited both schools to hear about the pupils’ participation, learn the results and present the cheques.

At St Thomas’ Primary, he met with the primary seven pupils and their teacher Mhairi Esplin.

Over at Neilston Primary, John met Andi McWhirter and Kirsten McLaren, who both teach primary seven classes.

John told the Barrhead News: “This is the third time we have sponsored such competitions. Our aim was to create more interest in Robert Burns among local children and it certainly seems to be working.

“The quality of work produced by the pupils was amazing and I am very impressed with the effort they all put in, with such excellent results.

“Our thanks also go to the teachers for organising the competition.”