Around 3,500 people from all over Europe gathered in Balloch on Saturday to enjoy Festival 2018: Balloch Loch Lomond.

Starring talent from across West Dunbartonshire alongside international friends, a vibrant parade through the town featuring around 160 participants set the scene for the day's carnival atmosphere.

Kerr James, 12, opened the festival stage with an original song he had written – also celebrating the Year of Young People.

A diverse range of local and international acts took part in the festival programme, including performances from Urbaniks – an award-winning urban dance group from Balloch – Scottish Opera, Feis Phaislig, Nevis Ensemble, Mischief La Bas, samba drummers from Awestruck Academy in Clydebank, and local singer Chirsty Harkins.

A range of food and drink stalls showcasing local produce kept tummies happy, while community groups such as Walk in the Park and Bonhill Community Garden shared all they have to offer with visitors.

The European Championships’ official mascot, Bonnie the Seal, also stopped by for an entertaining Q&A session with young festival-goers.

And youngsters from Alexandria’s Singer Station brought the day to a close on a high note.

Gordon Watson, chief executive of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, told the Reporter: “We were delighted to work with a whole host of partners to bring Festival 2018: Balloch Loch Lomond to life.

“It was great to see so many talented local groups and lots of our young people taking part, helping to create a fun, family friendly atmosphere and entertaining both visitors and local people.”