Children at the Barrhead Foundry were given the chance to share their love of books with a BBC soap star.

River City actress Frances Thorburn listened to the youngsters tell her stories from their favourite books.

Frances, who plays Kim Monroe in the show, joined pupils from St Mark’s Primary and Carlibar Primary as part of the International Literacy Centre’s Read Aloud month.

It was one of a series of events celebrating the pupils’ achievements in learning to read and encouraging them to become role models for other youngsters.

A number of others have taken part in similar events as part of the series, including local children’s author Lizzie Finnigan and Dundee footballer Mark O’Hara.

Anthony McReavy, chief executive of East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, said: “It was a joy to witness the pupils reading from their favourite storybooks to the celebrities who were good enough to give up their time to come along to Barrhead Foundry.

“We do all we can to help children of all ages develop their reading skills and the youngsters taking part in Read Aloud month did themselves proud when they were reading from books to our guests.”