HELENSBURGH town centre will be in festival mode this weekend for Summer Festival 2018.

The popular Summer Festival moves to a two day format this year thanks to major sponsor Jordan Clark of Stall Hire Scotland, Helensburgh’s monthly market operator.

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.

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 will be on offer, from candy floss to a hog roast, and for those interested in the history of Helensburgh, there will be two guided walking tours of the town centre, starting at the Parish Church at 11am on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday.

The fabulous Hootenanny Owls from the Finlaystone Country Estate in Inverclyde are coming along to give visitors the chance to meet some of the beautiful birds and explain a little about what they do.

In the market itself more than 40 traders will be displaying their wares including jewellery, beautiful garden ornaments made from recycled materials, garden produce, food of all kinds including specialists in Italian and Spanish food and wonderful artisan baking, crafts, candles, soap and sweets as well as photography art and even Christmas decorations.

The Festival, is organised under the auspices of Helensburgh and Lomond Chamber of Commerce and a spokesman for the Chamber said: “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 Summer Festival happen.”

And Jordan said: “I am really looking forward to the weekend. I believe very much in Helensburgh as an attractive, vibrant town and am very pleased to be able to add to this.”