TROON laid on yet another dream welcome last Wednesday for around 500 children who were driven into the town for the hugely popular annual Glasgow Taxis day out.

A cavalcade of more than 100 taxis, an open-topped bus and a minibus made their way down the A77 for the event, which has been running since 1945 and gives underprivileged youngsters and children with special needs a day out at the coast.

Hundreds of people lined the streets to enjoy what is one of the biggest days of the year in the town.

For those who could not be there, the event was filmed on Facebook Live by Computroon owner Barry Reilly and attracted worldwide interest.

Barry said: "This is the second time we have done this. Last year we found it was really popular and this year we had a lot of comments from ex-pats from all over the world. The residents in the local Belhaven Nursing Home in Troon also watched it on the big screen. It's also good for the people who wave the children off in Glasgow as they can see what they do when they reach Troon."

When the children got there, they had great fun on a bouncy castle and face-painting was done for no fee by Troon woman Jinty Maxwell Haddow, who stepped in at the last minute after someone had pulled out. All the youngsters were also given a stick of rock by organisers of the Winter Storm festival and entertainment was supplied by Radio Clyde.

Yarn Bomb bikes (crocheted bikes) made by artist Val Hughes were also on display at Troon Cross, although one was understood to have been vandalised but later returned.

There was also a competition for the best-dressed window, with one section for pubs and eateries and another one for shops. Girvans won the pubs and eateries section, with Silver Spoons Tearoom runners-up and Costa Coffee third. The Ayrshire Hospice won the Shop category, with Maggie's Meals second and the Cancer Research shop third.

Troon Community Council chairwoman Helen Duff, who helped organise the event said: "Thanks to everyone for supporting us, everyone had a great day and we had a really good turnout."