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Bonchester Bridge mum’s climate change artwork impresses judges

Gemma’s painting shows the moment the bistro wall collapsed.

The Bridge Guest House and Sonia’s Bistro at Sandbed in Hawick fell victim to Storm Ciara in February 2020 when floodwaters crashed into the building causing its corner to collapse into the River Slitrig .

Dramatic footage and footage from the event was shared on social media sites at the time.

They were seen by budding artist Gemma Lubbock, who had recently rekindled her love of painting.

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She used the footage shared online to paint a dramatic depiction of floodwaters crashing against the building.

Gemma entered her painting in the national Historic Environment Scotland Visions of Climate Heritage competition and won the art category prize and £100.

She said: “I took the image from a video posted on social media and exaggerated the waters a bit to make it more dramatic.

“It was a big storm and it was devastating for the townspeople and a real shock because the building had been there for 200 years before that and you just don’t think it’s going to be destroyed by nature.

“It was just about demonstrating the power of nature and how changes in the local environment affect us all.

“I’ve been painting since my son George was born, just for something to do when I was home, so that was about four years ago.

“I took art classes in school, but it was just a matter of taking it all back.

“The success encouraged me to do more paintings. I made one based on my son, who has type 1 diabetes, and in the painting he is holding an insulin pen. I like to put messages in paintings, so I plan to go that route.