Funds raised in Dumbarton are helping to restore two sets of historic bagpipes which were played in battle by the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

The Armed Forces Veterans' Association in the town has raised £500 towards the work to conserve the pipes, which date back more than 160 years to the Battle of Balaklava and the Siege of Lucknow.

Members of the Dumbarton association recently presented the funds at the Argylls' regimental museum at Stirling Castle where the pipes are preserved.

Although in remarkable condition for their age, each needed £1,500 to prevent further deterioration.

Drew Howie, office co-ordinator of the association, told the Reporter: "The Argylls have a very strong relationship with Dumbarton so we wanted to help with the costs of restoration.

"We raised the money by attending various events in the district and are delighted with the support shown by local people."

The bravery of the Argylls at the Battle of Balaklava on October 25 1854, during the Crimean War, gave rise to the term the "Thin Red Line" in which the kilted regiment stood ground against an advancing Russian cavalry.

More Victoria Crosses were presented to the Highland soldiers at that time than at any other.

The pipes also inspired the 93rd Highlanders into battle during the Siege of Lucknow during the Indian rebellion of 1857.

Lesley Onslow, capital appeal co-ordinator at the museum, said: "Many thanks to the Armed Forces Association in Dumbarton for their fundraising and to the people in the town for their generosity."

Restoration work on the Lucknow pipes has been completed and fundraising continues for the restoration of the other set.

The Armed Forces Veterans' Association are located on platform two at Dumbarton Central railway station where they have a display.

The group assists anyone, of any age, who has served in the Armed Forces at any point in their life and also helps families to overcome difficulties.

With the Argylls' museum currently undergoing a major redevelopment, the pipes will not be on show until the centre reopens early next year.