"Leaping flames and twinkling lights,Frosty days and starry nights,Cards and presents, pantomime - There is such joy at Christmas time. Tables full of festive fare,Families gathered round to share, Old and young together chime - There is such love, at Christmas time."

The Commissioner would like to congratulate the winners of COPNI's annual Christmas Card Competition for 2017.

The winning artwork was by Olga Theron who is a member of North Down and Ards U3A. The winning verse was by Pauline Diplock who is a member of the Soroptimist Club

Older people make many vibrant, positive contributions to all aspects of society including the arts and the Commissioner's office received many vibrant pieces of work. Thank you to all those who took the time to send in entries, the standard was extremely high and it was a difficult decision to choose just one entry.

Below are some of the impressive entries:

Barbara Crawford U3A Member

Hilary Robinson U3A Member

Margaret I Scott

Linda Montgomery U3A Member

Maureen Ross U3A Member