A budding Carrick poet has been reciting his work at Parliament Buildings, Stormont.
Ryan McFarland was among a number of Carrickfergus College pupils who entered a competition to write a verse to be used in the Assembly’s official Christmas card this year.
There were 1600 entries and out of these, five finalists were selected including Ryan a year 10 pupil. Along with his parents and English teacher Mrs Abel, Ryan attended a reception at Stormont, where he received a certificate and read out his poem (below) to the audience in the Great Hall.
‘A Christmas Poem’
At this special time of year
Thinking of those that we hold dear
Family and friends reunite
Full of happiness and delight
Children eagerly waiting for Santa’s sleigh
Soon to land on Christmas day
Mistletoe and Christmas holly
Feel the atmosphere, it’s so jolly
So, as the Christmas bells do chime
We wish for you a happy and peaceful Christmas time.