The Bonnie Banks were alive with music, dance, opera, and street theatre on Saturday as around 3,500 visitors were treated to Balloch’s first ever local community carnival parade and cultural festival.

Festival 2018: Balloch Loch Lomond sat alongside the European open water swimming championship events, which were hosted at Loch Lomond from August 8 to August 12.

From Balloch urban dancers Urbaniks and Scottish Opera to the Singer Station vocal group, the entertainment was non-stop – and all-day activities at Moss O’ Balloch ensured there were smiling faces throughout the day.

Community representatives have heralded the free family event a huge success.

The area’s MP, Martin Docherty-Hughes, told the Reporter: “The festival at Balloch has capped off a brilliant celebration of sport, culture and music – showcasing both the scenic beauty of West Dunbartonshire and the warm welcome enjoyed by visitors from near and far.”

Members of Balloch and Haldane Community Council had a ball at the festival, with chairman Jim Biddulph praising the 160 people who were involved in the day’s “eye-catching” parade through Balloch to Moss O’ Balloch, and called for a similar event to take place every summer.

“It was good to see so many smiling faces on what turned out to be a well organised day, enjoyed by all,” Mr Biddulph said.

Council leader and councillor for Lomond Jonathan McColl added: “It was great to see local businesses getting a good turn.

“I particularly liked the mix of activities on offer at the Moss, with entertainment on the main stage being complimented by activity from many local groups for children and adults.”

Gordon Watson, chief executive of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, added: “Both events have been a huge success, attracting thousands of people to the area, many from all over Europe, and shining a light on everything the National Park has to offer.”