HELENSBURGH'S dance stars wowed the world at the weekend - and brought home plenty of silverware to prove the point.

Eilidh Gammons was named World Juvenile Champion at the 2023 Cowal Highland Gathering in Dunoon, with crowds of thousands turning up to see the Highland dancing and other events.

Eilidh also took the trophy for best Scottish juvenile dancer at the event, which was attended by young people from round the world.

Saturday's final day began with the Argyllshire Highland Dancing Championships - and there was Helensburgh success here too, with Naomi Sim winning top honours in the 7 and under 12 years Premier category.

And the trio of Helensburgh dancing winners was completed by Grace McGrath, who took top prize in the Argyllshire 14 and 15 years Premier catergory.

Saturday's triumphs came after Eilidh set the stage for her world championship win with victory in the 15 years section of the Scottish National Championships and joint success in the May Falconer Memorial Trophy, for the best resident Scottish dancer in the Scottish championships.

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Fraser McCowan, from the Cowal Gathering board, said this year's event would "go down as the best in recent times".

He said: "I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this year’s event. Your hard work over, not only the last months, but years has helped ensure Cowal Gathering continue to grow and develop to be an event fit for the 21st century.

"A huge thank you must also go to the thousands of people who have come out to support the Gathering over the last three days.

"We’ve welcomed spectators not just from Argyll and Scotland, but from all corners of the UK and, of course our international visitors who have travelled many thousands of miles, just to be with us.

"We hope you enjoyed the competitions from wherever part of the world you were watching from.

"To our wonderful competitors, Cowal Gathering could not be what it is without you. This year’s levels of performance have been simply breathtaking.

"Thank you to everyone involved once again - I look forward to welcoming you back to the 2024 Cowal Gathering.”