A Hamilton schoolgirl has beaten over 650 young applicants to land her dream job testing this year’s top toys for Santa.

Emily Cuthbertson, 8, joined seven-year-old Jason Christie from Eastwood to take up their positions at The Entertainer in EK, East Kilbride shopping centre where they had a shot on everything from radio-controlled cars and robots to games, cuddly bears and slime.

Having rigorously tested all the toys, the children submitted their reviews to Santa, with Emily, a P4 pupil from Glenlee Primary, choosing Boppi the Llama as her top pick, and St Conval’s Primary’s P4 pupil Jason choosing Robo Alive.

To thank them for taking on such a highly-pressurised position, each toy tester was awarded a £100 EK, East Kilbride gift card and a fab goodie bag from The Entertainer.

Emily said: “I didn’t know my mum had sent my name in, so I was so excited when I heard I was going to be a toy tester for Santa.

Jason added: “My mum asked me if I wanted her to put my name in and I said ‘Yeah!’

“When I heard I had won, I ran around the room cheering. It was brilliant fun and my favourite toys were the Robo Alive spider and 360 RC Extreme Stunt car.”

Suzanne Heraghty from EK, East Kilbride, said: “Emily and Jason were fantastic toy testers and Santa has sent a big heartfelt thank you for all their hard work.

“He has now given his instructions to the elves who will make sure all the toys are ready for Christmas Day.”