A LARGS disc jockey has won an award for his radio show which celebrates top tunes from the 60s and 70s.

Willie McIntyre was presented by Heartland FM with a gold cup and certificate in recognition of the popularity of 'Spinning the Sixties' and 'Back to the Seventies' - which have won an army of fans from across the world.

The 74-year-old said: "I enjoy music of all eras and of many different genres, but these decades had a special ingredient, a quality which makes their music as appealing today as it ever was."

"I very much like the fact that I am not alone in this fanciful bliss – my listeners testify that they have the same nostalgic love for the tunes."

The former Largs cinema projectionist added: "The early days of rock-and-roll had left their mark and we still revelled in the sounds of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and Billy Fury.

"But 1963 was a colossal year in the history of pop music with the arrival of The Beatles and dozens of other groups, including The Rolling Stones, the Hollies and the Kinks.

"So many other stars made their lasting mark as the decade progressed, such as Cilla Black, the Bee Gees and Tom Jones. With rich pickings like these, I have no shortage of material for my shows."

"The 70s were just as bountiful with Queen, the Bay City Rollers and Abba reigning supreme."

Willie records the shows at his home in Largs before they are broadcast on Heartland FM, which is based in Pitlochry.

He said: "I like to model myself on Tony Blackburn, and of course he is still going strong on the radio too."

Willie, who is a big fan of Laurel and Hardy, got chatting to the radio station about doing something on the life of the famous comedy duo, and it was from there he got involved in presenting.

He added: "Thanks to the radio programmes being online, we have people listening from all over the world. I know of listeners from South Africa and America, while we have others in Holland and Germany too.

"It just goes to show how popular the music from the 1960s and 1970s really is.

"I get a lot of pleasure out of doing the radio shows and I think my passion for the music of these eras comes across to the listeners."

You can tune in by visiting www.heartland.scot or radio60s.co.uk