Wed 25 Nov 20
To celebrate the recent successful launch of “Hamish McHamish – The St Andrews Cat” series of children’s adventure books, local charity The Hamish Foundation in conjunction with local book stockist J & G Innes Ltd organised a children’s colouring competition. The entrants, as well as decoratively colouring in an image of Hamish from one of the books, also had to name The Mouse which appears on every page of the illustrated books.
Entries were of a high calibre and the winners have been announced as being Holly Grace Wilbraham (6 years old) and Ava Richardson (4 years old) both of whom are pupils at Canongate Primary School. They received Hamish McHamish goody bags as prizes and the mouse has been named as ‘Chip’.
Jill Smith (Acting Deputy Head Teacher, Canongate Primary School) said: “Hamish is such a special part of St Andrews and it was a fantastic opportunity for our learners to be involved with such an important part of the book's development. The children thoroughly enjoyed reading and engaging with the Hamish books and especially loved searching for the mouse, who now has a name”.
Jude Innes (owner of J & G Innes Ltd) said: “The new Hamish McHamish series of books has been a great success since we started stocking them just after their publication this summer. I was amazed by the amount of entries that we had for the competition, the careful artistic skills the children demonstrated and the proposed names for the wee mouse were great. It is wonderful to learn that the children are enjoying Hamish’s adventure stories and that book reading still continues to be an enjoyment for them in this age of constant new technology. Hamish McHamish is such a well-known name to so many of us in St Andrews, and it is important the younger generation also learn of him too as part of the local heritage”.
Debbie MacCallum (a founder and trustee of The Hamish Foundation) said: “It is fantastic that the community of St Andrews is ensuring Hamish’s memory is kept alive. The books are an important ongoing fundraising channel for us and, as a local charity, we are focused on projects which improve St Andrews as a town and also benefit our residents. We are very grateful to the author and illustrator Robert Lewis Heron and his wife Diane for their donation to us and also to the local stockists such as J & G Innes Ltd and the gift shop at the Fairmont Hotel”.