FAIRIES and fantasy gave an air of magic to Uplawmoor on Saturday, as the village marked two very important occasions.

It was the 50th anniversary of both Uplawmoor Primary and Uplawmoor Playgroup, with families from across East Renfrewshire and beyond coming along to take part in the celebrations.

Youngsters were enchanted by a fairy trail, following it through the trees to uncover evidence of magical creatures, secret doors and even an arrangement for a Mad Hatter’s tea party.

Meanwhile, at Uplawmoor Primary, the sun came out for some outdoor fun, with pony rides and a bouncy castle among the attractions.

And there was still more to see and do indoors, with a bountiful afternoon tea and exhibits showcasing photographs from five decades at the school and playgroup.

Event organiser Toni Leggatt said: “The playgroup has been run voluntarily by the parents in the village for 50 years, which I think is pretty amazing.

“We raised just over £600 for the playgroup, which is much needed as it has been struggling.

“The day itself was a huge success. We sold out of everything we had as people came from all over – Paisley, Greenock, Newton Mearns, as well as the residents of Uplawmoor and Neilston.

“We had a great turnout and we were so lucky with the weather staying nice. It was fantastic.”