A well-loved Renfrewshire carnival has been described as a "huge success" after the event raised a substantial amount for the local community.

The Houston and Killellan Kirk Carnival, which took place at the weekend, raised an astonishing £11,000.

The funds will be put back into the community according to Rev Barbara Ann Sweetin, Houston & Killellan Kirk interim moderator.

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She said: “Our Kirk Carnival was a fantastic day for everybody, and it was wonderful to see so many people, young and old, enjoying themselves.

“I’d like to thank all the local businesses who advertised in our carnival programme and generously donated prizes, as well as all those who volunteered their time and energy to help make sure things ran like clockwork.

“The event itself raised more than £11,000 which is a fantastic amount, so a huge thank you to everyone for all your support, which we really appreciate.

“Every penny raised will help fund the Kirk’s work in the local community, supporting groups, events and activities that are open to everyone.”

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This year’s theme was the Olympics with people dressing up as sports stars, torch bearers and Greek goddesses for the fancy dress competition.

Brownies and Guides won the best-dressed group for the sheer range of disciplines represented, including swimmers (complete with paddling pool), gymnasts, cyclists and taekwondo fighters.

Meanwhile, 1st Houston Boys Brigade Pipe Band led the parade up to the West Halls, where there were plenty of activities, stalls and sideshows including a brilliant bungee run, a pirate run, a giant slide and a bouncy castle to entertain everybody.