For some young Bankies, Christmas came early last weekend as Central Radnor Park Tenant and Residents Association held their popular festive fair.

It was the second year that the event has run, after the housing association discovered that the Radnor Park contained the highest number of children in the West Dunbartonshire area living in poverty.

The event saw around 500 local children meet Santa, have their photo taken and receive a free gift, provided by the Cash for Kids charity.

In further efforts to ease the financial burden of many parents over Christmas, the raffle prizes on the day also focused on kids days out, food parcels or shop vouchers and due to financial funding from both Cash for Kids and the Alexander Cameron Cross fund, some children’s entertainment was provided on the day to keep up the fun.

The organisers say youngsters travelled from as far afield as Ayr, Helensburgh and Dumbarton to take part. It was so popular the residents’ association now hope to turn it into an annual event.

Marion Sweeney, chairwoman of Central Radnor Park TRA, said: “This cause is truly close to our hearts. We all have kids and understand the costs at Christmas spiral out of control.

“No child should be denied the chance to meet Santa and even have a small present to open on Christmas Day.

“The members of the TRA wouldn’t have been able to hold the fair without the backing from our funders, without the help of the local community and shops who donated prizes.

“We are overwhelmed by the comments we have received and hope to see everyone again next year.”