HELENSBURGH dancers added Hawaiian garlands to their plaid skirts after taking up an invitation to the Pacific island – then flew home with a haul of silverware.

Girls from the Margaret Rose School of Dance returned from a sun-drenched trip to the idyllic island last week after taking part in the annual Hawaii Highland Games.

The group of eight youngsters performed on ABC’s Good Morning America breakfast news and danced in a shopping mall on the US island to advertise the Scottish festival.

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The girls also took time out of their busy schedule to dance for children at a local hospital.

Six-year-old Eve Court was the star of the festival as she danced on her own to open the Games, while Anna Rose King won two trophies during the games and Ava Lily King, Katriona Lowther, Caitlin Finan, Freya Harkin, Isla Sanderson and Chloe Arkley also picked up medals.

Teacher Margaret MacInnes said: “A visit to Pearl Harbour, a ceilidh, two days at the Highland Games and a day at the shopping outlets all added to the excitement of a fantastic trip.

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“The girls also danced at the memorial service for Princess Ka’iulani, who died at a young age and the Hawaii Scottish Association do a memorial event every year.

“This year the dancers performed a country dance that was choreographed especially for the event as well as Highland dances and they were allowed into the crypt to see the royal graves.

“All in all it was a memorable trip and the fundraising has started for the next one.”

Meanwhile, the Margaret Rose school’s Argyll and Bute team came fourth out of 20 teams at the Highlands and Islands music festival in Oban.

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Eilidh Gammons continued her success of 2019 by winning her section and she was also named winner of her age group.

Eilidh won the Queen Mary Championship in California in February and recently won the European Championship for the third consecutive year.

Catriona Gammons won the overall trophy for 15 years, winning five golds out of five dances while also being crowned as overall best dancer in Argyll and Bute after amassing the most points.

Isla Flint and Lauren May both placed well in their sections in every dance.