GENEROUS pub-goers in Troon helped boost the coffers of the annual taxi outing to the tune of more than £6000.

Girvans in Portland Street ran a whole host of events to help boost the Glasgow Taxi Outing Fund.

This year's trip to the seaside for youngsters who need additional support for learning took place on June 21, with a fleet of taxis and bringing down youngsters from nine Glasgow schools down to the coast for a dream day out.

Girvan's owner Connie Girvan said: "We organised a whole host of events in the five weeks leading up to the event and on the day itself. We had the likes of online auctions selling clothing and household items, which proved very popular and we had a couple of fun days in the pub. There was also a bingo evening and roll the coin at the bottle challenge as well as a karaoke. We also had a curry-oke, which is curry followed by singing and the curry and rice were donated by Saffy's in Ayr. Burgers were also served and again Saffy's supplied them. Also on the day we had an Egyptian theme in our window display and we won the Best Dressed Window competition. The staff also dressed up as belly dancers, which was a laugh and we had our Shetland Pony Freddy. People could give a donation to pat him or have a seat on him. We are so grateful to everyone for their support.

"This is our fifth year of raising funds for the taxis and this is our biggest total. In all we must have raised £20,000 and thanks to everyone for supporting us."

Troon Community Council chairwoman Helen Duff, who helps co-ordinate the outing from Troon said: "Connie has been a great supporter - the first year she raised £2000 but every year that has gone up."

Stephen Lalley, treasurer of the Glasgow Taxi Outing Fund is delighted with the support received and said: "Connie and the customers in the pub have been very generous and we appreciate all the work they do. Without them we just couldn't run the taxi trip. It's one day for us but a lifetime of memories for the children. We have just completed our 72nd trip to Troon and are already making preparations for next year."