HELENSBURGH Summer Festival 2018 will be held this year over two days with plenty to do for the whole family.

Summer Festival has a new major sponsor and this year - Jordan Clark of Stall Hire Scotland, Helensburgh's monthly market operator, has stepped forward to take the Summer Festival to new heights.

A two day road closure, in line with Winter Festival, has been organised and a full programme of market stalls, side shows, street food and family entertainment is planned.

Being held on August 11 and 12, the Festival, is organised under the auspices of Helensburgh and Lomond Chamber of Commerce and coincides with the Helensburgh Farmers Market which this time will feature stalls ranging from crafts and gifts to amazing artisan foods and local produce and will continue over both days with some changes of stall holders between the days.

While the market will occupy the upper part of Colquhoun Square a few traders, in particular the street-food sellers, will be in the bottom half along with a wide range of entertainment including the popular Victorian Chair o'plane ride, a striker kiddies strength test and bouncy castles.

Peninsula Trikes will be offering motorbike trike rides around the town and down on the esplanade the Army Cadets will be operating their hugely popular inflatable obstacle course and there will be a climbing wall, children's teacup ride and bungee bouncer.

A wide range of street food from hog roast to artisan pizzas will be on offer and for those interested in the town centre's story there will be a town centre guided walking tour starting at the Parish Church at 11am on the Saturday and 2pm on the Sunday.

There is still time for local businesses to organise their own events for Summer Festival or to book a stall to showcase their wares. To book a stall visit https://bit.ly/2LE8k9g.

A spokesman for the Chamber of Commerce said: “There was a real danger this year that Summer Festival would not happen at all due to lack of funds and a shortage of volunteers willing to take it on.

“We are very grateful to Jordan Clark from Stall Hire Scotland for stepping into the breach and providing the necessary financial and practical support we needed to make it happen.”

And Jordan said: “I was delighted to be able to help. I believe very much in Helensburgh."