Helensburgh and Lomond residents are invited to a Christmas concert featuring an experienced Scottish string group – and in aid of a local cause.

The Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs’ Christmas Concert will take place in Ross Priory, Gartocharn on Sunday, November 26 with doors opening at 1.30pm and the show starting at 2pm.

This year the group will welcome The Rannoch Trio – a string ensemble comprising Diane James on violin, Claire Griffiths on viola, and cellist Myra Chahin.

Wood turner from Rosneath, Maggie Irving, will also display some of the objects she creates from heritage wood.

A representative from the Friends said: “Over the years we have enjoyed an eclectic mix of musicians at these events and this year we welcome The Rannoch Trio who first met as members of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

“We will also have the talented wood turner from Rosneath, Maggie Irving displaying some of the beautiful objects she creates from heritage wood.

“Some of her work supports the fundraising efforts of the volunteers who are restoring Loch Lomond’s paddle steamer Maid of The Loch and, amazingly, her lovely pens and compacts are made from Canadian Rock Elm salvaged from the ships old paddle ‘floats’.

“The truly unique objects each come with a provenance certificate and any one of them would make a superb Christmas present.”

Maggie will be donating a portion of her proceeds to the Friends.

The event will be filled with music, mulled wine and mince pies and will help support the Maid of The Loch as well as the Friends.

Tickets are priced at £20 each and you can book your tickets by contacting  Jennifer Plunkett at info@lochlomondtrossachs.org.uk.

Alternatively, phone Jennifer on 07496 433134 no later than Thursday, November 23.

Tickets can also be purchased via the Friends online shop at www.lochlomondtrossachs.org.uk.