IT was very much a pirate’s life for dozens of Neilston children at an annual holiday club.

A four-day camp set on a fantasy island at the village’s parish church saw primary school pupils enjoy songs, Bible stories, crafts, games and, of course, treasure hunts aplenty.

Evidently hooked on all that the club had to offer, kids were only too happy to get dressed up in pirate costumes.

And they were quick off the mark when tasked with searching high and low across the church to find some misplaced gold.

Guest pirates Heave Ho and Yoho provided plenty of silly antics on stage to keep audiences entertained, while a team of Christian volunteers from various churches formed a ‘crew’ to run a Landlubbers session.

Organisers went to great lengths to ensure the venue was decked out in impressive props, which included palm trees, parrots, treasure chests and a shipwreck.

The yearly get-together at Neilston Parish Church Halls culminated with a Great Big Pirate Pancake Breakfast on Saturday morning as more than 100 kids and their families gathered for a hearty feast.

Well-fed guests were able to choose from eight different toppings as church helpers served up an array of breakfast options.

The Reverend Fiona Maxwell, minister of Neilston Parish Church, credited the enthusiasm shown by youngsters and praised all those who offered a helping hand.

She said: “The holiday club is a special event in Neilston and is well-supported. It brings people together.

“We are so grateful for the involvement of the church folks and the wider community.

“The children who attended and the ‘crew’ of helpers had a fantastic time.”