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A BROTHER and sister from Aith and their parents are set to jet off on a trip to Florida after winning an art contest organised by Shetland Space Centre.

Signe and Lockie Bullough.

Signe and Lockie Bullough, aged eight and 10, submitted a joint entry of a female astronaut with a puffin on top of her helmet and a rocket taking off in the background.

The pair have an Unst connection as their mum, Lynn Ritch, is from the island.  

Nearly 200 entries received for the competition, with the winner bagging a trip to see Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

The quality of the submissions was said to be so high that the judges decided to award prizes to three children in three different age groups – five to seven, eight to 11 and 12-plus.

They will each receive a voucher for Mareel. 

They were (five to seven): first Aly Work (aged seven), second Isla Somerville (six) and third Thea Tallack (six).  

The winning entry.

Eight to 11: first Levi Cogle (10), second Rashik Saravanan (10) and third Vaila Gunn (eight).  

Twelve plus: first Prasheeta Saravanan (13), second Connie Dickie (16) and third Emma Henry (14). 

Shetland Space Centre administrator Carol Duncan, who judged the entries along with director of Shetland operations Yvette Hopkins, Shetland Arts chief executive Graeme Howell and Unst artist Pat Cerasale, said: “It was a fantastic competition, with a really high standard of entry. 

“Congratulations to Signe and Lockie, who will be heading off to Florida along with their mum and dad when the travel situation returns to normal. 

“We will shortly be putting up a selection of the artworks on our website for all to see, as they deserve to be seen.”