MILLPORT was transported back in time as the inaugural Victorian festival was deemed a hit.

Marking the beginning of what is hoped to become a regular in Millport's festival calender, the Victorian weekend was chosen to celebrate Queen Victoria's 200th birthday.

Visitors and locals dressed in their top hats and pantaloons to bring some old fashioned charm back to the town, with Glasgow poet Jim Carruth a VIP guest.

Other events across the weekend included a Victorian melodrama, Punch and Judy show, arts and crafts and Victorian games.

Festival co-organiser Suki McGregor said: "It was a fantastic weekend, a bit rainy on the Saturday which was a shame because a lot of the activities were outside, but I think people still enjoyed it.

"A lot were absolutely packed out.

"Largs writer John Muir was the town crier and announced the events in the streets, so everyone knew what was on.

"We would like to thank Kazia from CARS who done all of our printing for free and Harry McEachan who went to the effort of dressing up and promoting the event in Largs and Edinburgh."

Groups across the island got behind the festival with the school making a documentary and Millport Gallery offering a pop-in-and-paint workshop.

Festival co-organiser Frances Melling said: "It was very successful considering we had no funding.

"It was all just done through the town pulling together. The aim was just to have fun and I think everyone did.

"I think next year we may need to consider changing the dates to maximise visitor numbers.

"Hopefully we can speak to people and see what they all thought of the event and we can take everyone's opinions on board for next year."

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