CROWDS flocked to Colquhoun Square at the weekend, as they slipped into the festive spirit, courtesy of the Helensburgh Winter Festival.

Celebrating its tenth year, the event has grown to become a regular fixture of the town’s festive calendar, with the events on Saturday and Sunday, November 26 and 27, keeping all ages entertained.

There was live music, Santa and his reindeer, the Santa dash, a plethora of stalls and a presence from several local businesses as they welcomed the crowds into the square.

Reflecting on the event, Gail Broadhurst, chairperson of Helensburgh Winter Festival, told the Advertiser: “It was great to welcome everyone back to our latest winter festival. The local acts which took to the stage were the best we have ever had; they were so engaging and did the town proud.

“Chatting to stall holders, the majority did really well we’re grateful for the support of local businesses, including Helensburgh Toyota and Arrochar Alps Gin, which launched a new brand called Sonsie at the festival.

“A special mention is also due to Santa, Mrs Claus and the elves, who helped create an atmosphere to remember.”

Gail continued: “There’s no doubt that the winter festival has become part of the fabric of the town, with local people and visitors alike coming back to see us and enjoy the festivities.

“The dust might be starting to settle on this year’s event but it won’t be long before we’re thinking about next year - after all, we had booked our reindeer in January for this year’s festival, and they proved to be an extremely popular part of the weekend.”

More information on the Helensburgh Winter Festival is available by going to its website: