The summer holidays finished with a bang for families in Barrhead as Auchenback Resource Centre (ARC) held its Community Safety and Fun Day.

The long-running event, hosted by Auchenback Active, is held every year on the last Thursday before the schools go back.

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This year, the fun day ran from 11am to 3pm and featured a bouncy castle and slide as well as a small animal zoo with a variety of exciting creatures and information stalls.

Barrhead News: Members of Barrhead and District Pipe Band and Provost Mary Montague were among those attending the

Barrhead News: The event offered the chance for some fun before the end of the holidaysThe event offered the chance for some fun before the end of the holidays (Image: Auchenback Active)

Emma Cairns, who is on the board of directors at Auchenback Active, told the Barrhead News: “It was a very successful day with lots of families turning up.

“We had different services there including the prevention team from the council, the men’s shed, Citizen’s Advice and breastfeeding groups.

“It was a great day for families to come out, especially just at the end of summer when the kids are getting restless and you are not knowing what to do with them.

“The kids were running around having an absolute ball.”

Barrhead News: Youngsters enjoyed checking out the equipment inside the fire engineYoungsters enjoyed checking out the equipment inside the fire engine (Image: Auchenback Active)

Barrhead News: Kids lined up to meeting the exciting creaturesKids lined up to meeting the exciting creatures (Image: Auchenback Active)

Members of the police and fire service attended and gave youngsters the chance to have a go in their car and fire engine.

Barrhead News: Face-painting was also on offerFace-painting was also on offer (Image: Auchenback Active)

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Dental experts handed out toothbrushes and toothpaste and chatted to kids about how important it is to keep your teeth clean.

Barrhead and District Pipe Band also came along to entertain residents.

“We also had small animal encounters which was very fun,” added Emma. “They brought along a turtle, giant toad, cockroaches, tarantula, a royal python called Monty, a corn snake called checkers and a red tegu lizard.

“They (Paisley company Sense of Nature) were really educational and told the kids all about the animals and how they look after them, feed them and care for them, which was really good.”