A COUNTY primary school pupil has tickled the funny bone of judges to win a national competition in the Scottish Parliament.

Gordon Moodie, from Cockenzie Primary School, was crowned the winner of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists' (RCSLT) VoiceBox competition.

The event, which attracted 28 primary school children from across Scotland, is designed to highlight the critical role communication plays in a child’s development and the impact speech and language therapy has on their future.

Each of the youngsters had MSPs in fits of laughter during the joke-telling competition.

Ten-year-old Gordon came out on top as MSPs were treated to a showcase of Scotland’s next generation of comedy stars.

The final was hosted by Presiding Officer Alison Johnstone MSP, with Zara Janjua, a BBC journalist and comedian, compering.

Preliminary rounds were filled with hundreds of hilarious jokes, making the selection process a tough challenge for the judges.

Gordon Moodie, from Cockenzie Primary School, won a national competition after his joke impressed judgesGordon Moodie, from Cockenzie Primary School, won a national competition after his joke impressed judges (Image: Contributed)

After much deliberation, the finalists were chosen to perform their jokes live at the Parliament, with one selected from each of Scotland’s local authorities.

The competition’s funniest joke, delivered by Gordon, was: “Why did the donkey go to the shops? Cause he had hee haw in the hoose!”

Each youngster received a medal and a goodie-bag for reaching the final, as well as £100 worth of books from HarperCollins.

Funnyman Gordon also received £500 worth of books for his school from competition sponsor Collins Big Cat, the leading whole-school primary reading programme, as well as a £100 toy gift card.

Glenn Carter, head of RCSLT Scotland, said: "VoiceBox goes beyond entertainment; it highlights the vital role of speech and language therapy in empowering children to express themselves.

“It was brilliant to see all the kids here, and the RCSLT is thrilled to have brought VoiceBox to the Scottish Parliament, where it received such enthusiastic support.

“The joy and laughter shared today highlight the power of communication and the importance of nurturing it in our young people."