TWO festive fairs ensured the Christmas spirit was alive and well in Neilston on Saturday.

St Thomas’ Primary School and Neilston Parish Church were filled with goodwill as villagers enjoyed celebrations at each venue.

Headteacher Ian Gillies said St Thomas’ was transformed into a winter wonderland on Friday in preparation for Saturday’s event.

He added: “There was a great buzz of excitement when the doors opened and people started to arrive.

“It was a real partnership between the pupils, parents and teachers which was very well supported.

“The children had made crafts to sell especially for the occasion which were greatly admired.

“We made £1,500, which was tremendous, and the children themselves will decide how this will be spent, possibly on trips or playground improvements.

“Thanks to everyone who came along and supported the event.”

Meanwhile, the parish church hall was decorated to give a warm festive welcome to parishioners and people from the wider community.

Session clerk Ruth Shepherd said: “Everyone enjoyed tea, coffee and a mince pie and we had various stalls, with home baking, books, tombola and knitted Christmas decorations.

“It was a merry occasion, with people enjoying the opportunity to meet up and have a chat.”

Ruth said the church was delighted to have raised £1,274 for its funds through the event.