A Viking volunteer have been praised for the efforts in producing new themed signage for the gateway entrance to Largs.

Lesley McCormack of the Largs Viking Festival committee has helped to produce the signage with the dramatic font to capture the eye, and economy chiefs believe it will act an important driver for tourism for the town.

Councillor Alex Gallagher, who is chair of the economy portfolio for North Ayrshire, and chairman of the Viking Festival, was fulsome in praise.

He said: "Lesley has really done a terrific job, and it is very eye-catching when you come into town.

"The sign is a work of art and a welcome to Largs.

"It was carried out with the co-operation of North Ayrshire Council and Church Pews of Fairlie who helped select the wood and helped Lesley while she did the artwork.

"Mackies in Largs helped us install the gateway and it has had a very positive reaction from the public so far, and I am personally delighted.

"The Viking connection is becoming a potent marketing tool and the Viking Festival directors are continuing to develop that - the sign is an excellent way of promoting the town's Viking heritage."

Lesley is a Viking Festival director and was praised by other directors for producing the 'cracking sign'.

It is positioned at the top of the Haylie Brae on the Kilbirnie Road.

The Viking Festival returns later this year between 31 August and 8 September.