You know its Christmas when you get Tower Bridge through your letter box

Alessandro Tersi's Tower Bridge

Alessandro Tersi's Tower Bridge - Credit: TH Council

The children of London’s East End wish everyone a happy Christmas with Tower Bridge and a polar bear.

Sayed Islam's Polar Bear

Sayed Islam's Polar Bear - Credit: TH Council

Their festive images and drawings have been judged in a competition to find greetings card designs for the Town Hall.

Around 300 entries poured in from Tower Hamlets schools which were chosen for official cards that the mayor and his chief executive are sending out this year.

They feature sights and traditional scenes from nativity to winter wonderlands and Father Christmas and his reindeer.

Kamran Ahmed's Christmas Montage

Kamran Ahmed's Christmas Montage - Credit: TH Council

But Mayor John Biggs chose, instead, an image of the iconic Tower Bridge that eight year-old Alessandro Tarsia came up with at Bethnal Green’s St Elizabeth Catholic Primary.

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“I was impressed by creativity of someone so young as Alessandro,” the mayor said. “In the end, I chose a card which showed one of the great landmarks of London.”

He held a lunch party at the Town Hall for the talented youngsters.

The competition winners and their entries, Alessandro Tersi and his Tower Bridge, Sayed Islam snd hi

The competition winners and their entries, Alessandro Tersi and his Tower Bridge, Sayed Islam snd his polar bear and Kamran Ahmed with his Christmas montage,, pictured with Mayor John Biggs (right) and his chief executive Will Tuckley - Credit: TH Cll

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Sayed Islam, also aged eight, from Stepney’s Ben Jonson Primary, came up with a striking design of a polar bear which the council’s chief executive Will Tuckley has selected for his festive card.

Kamran Ahmed, a six-year-old from Whitechapel’s Osmani Primary, sent in a ‘Christmas montage’ design which Children’s Services director Debbie Jones has taken for her cards.

The children have had their designs used on real Christmas cards which are now the council’s official greetings sent out in the post.

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