By Monica Gibson

Hundreds of hot-dogs were served at an annual fun day in Neilston which was hailed as “bigger and better than ever.”

Villagers and visitors congregated at Kirkstyle Lane for the free community event.

Organised by Neilston residents who belong to various church groups, the day was designed to celebrate unity and togetherness.

Anna Kerr, who helped to arrange the event, was delighted by its success.

“We served 280 hot-dogs and goodness knows how much home baking at the event,” said Anna, who works as a teacher. “It was wonderful.

“We had a little pamper area where people could get their nails painted or hands massaged. There was also a craft corner, face painting, hair braiding, a bouncy castle, a beat-the-goalie contest, slippy slides and, of course, some live music.”

Anna explained how a £500 donation from a church congregation started the tradition three years ago and, since then, various community members and organisations have put their hands in their pockets to help make the day a continued success.

She added: “The main thing is that the event is self-funded and completely free.

“We want everyone to feel like they can join in and not have to worry about how much money they have or how long they can afford to stay for.”

This year, Neilston Community Council (NCC) and Neilston Parish Church were among the list of donors.

A spokesperson for NCC praised the organisers for their hard work.