Hermitage Academy’s Christmas Fair promises to “bring the whole community together” as organisers prepare for this weekend’s event.

The free event will take place in the school on Saturday, November 18 from 11am to 2pm.

Run by the school’s PTA, the fair – which is the town’s biggest - will have over 80 stalls selling everything from clothes and candles to crafts and cakes set up shop.

There will also be free or low-cost family activities such as the Lomond Rotary Club’s Santa’s Grotto, reindeer shunt, crafts, and games.

PTA chair Gill Simpson said: "The Christmas fair is a big event for Helensburgh, so we wanted to make sure it is a really fun time for the whole family with plenty to do alongside the Christmas shopping.

"We are aware that people's finances are stretched, which is why we have made sure to have activities that are free or at very low cost.

“There will be a reindeer hunt, festive crafts, fun games and more.

"Because it's all indoors it means that the weather is a bit cold and wet outside it will still be cosy and festive at the fair!

"We are really grateful for all the help we have had in pulling this huge event together to fundraise for all the extra-curricular clubs, trips and activities that happen at Hermitage Academy.

“Parents have donated items for the ever-popular raffle and staff and students have been really supportive with their time and efforts.

“We are really delighted to involve community groups like Jean's Bothy and Lomond Rotary Club as well. It's really a day that brings the whole community together."

Refreshments will be provided by the S6 prom team who will be fundraising for their leaving celebrations and by members of wellbeing charity Jean's Bothy who are raising cash to support the town’s mental health hub.

Talented school pupils will provide entertainment as they will be performing numbers from Grease as well as a number of festive songs.