FAMILIES enjoyed a sparkling time in Neilston on Sunday, despite the stormy weather, as the village’s Christmas lights were switched on.

With the local area being buffeted by driving rain and strong winds, organisers faced having to cancel the celebrations at the last minute.

However, the community rallied round to move much of the event indoors, meaning the weather failed to dampen the festive spirit.

Neilston Parish Church and Neilston Scouts were both happy to offer their space for the event.

Live music, craft-making activities and a Christmas market kept villagers entertained before Neilston Pipe Band led a parade through Main Street, with children lighting up the sky with festive lanterns.

The grand finale went ahead at the Christmas tree, where Santa was on hand to switch on the lights.

The glittering fun continued with singers from Neilston Primary and St Thomas’ Primary taking centre stage with their carol performances.

the audience was also treated to entertainment from Neil Woods and the Youth Traditional Music Group.

And generous locals who went along to the event displayed the true spirit of Christmas by bringing donations for a foodbank collection.

Members of the Neilston War Memorial Association, which organised the event, have expressed their thanks to all the volunteers and supporters who made it such a success.