THREE Clydebank churches held their annual Christmas fairs at the weekend to get in the festive and community spirit – and raise thousands of pounds to support their work.

Faifley Parish Church, Morison Memorial Church and Kilbowie St Andrew’s Church ran the events on Saturday with dozens of stalls, crafts, food and Christmas cheer.

Rev William Young, minister at Morison, told the Post: “Around 100 people attended and a dedicated staff of people from the community managing stalls and Morison members welcoming and serving food kept things going throughout the morning.

“The proceeds from the fair will go toward the furthering of ministry and mission at the church. We are thankful for everyone who attended. We are already planning next year’s fair and hope that many more will support us.”

Kilbowie St Andrew’s raised more than £2,000 with at least 200 people passing through the doors.

Elizabeth Dick, one of the organisers, said: “It was a great success. The quality of goods was exceptional.”

Meanwhile, Rev Gregor McIntyre at Faifley said: “We had a great fair. Plenty of families and locals paid us a visit to buy the ever popular home-baking or eat it in the tea-room with friends. Santa’s helper made her self busy showing children in to meet Santa.

“All our usual stalls made steady business and our new ‘Christmas stall’ sold decorations, ornaments and candles to everyone. The kids came in with pocket money and left with painted faces and arms full of cuddly toys and games.

“The final total was £1,700 and we’re grateful to everyone who visited and spent time with us. The money raised helps pay the bills.”