A West Dunbartonshire Councillor has toasted the summer programme of free events in the area as "fantastic" as new figures showed record numbers took advantage of the activities.

Councillor Michelle McGinty was speaking after the local authority revealed a total of 2,322 adults and children enjoyed free events organised by the area's Libraries and Arts and Heritage teams during the summer holidays.

The activities, which included a three-day workshop to build Dumbarton Castle with LEGO in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland and art and craft classes such as stained glass window mosaics and Alexandria Library open day, were all part of a 168-strong programme of events held over six weeks.

Attendance at the classes was more than double the numbers who attended the summer sessions last year and Cllr McGinty praised the teams for their hard work in planning the programme.

She said: “The feedback about the programme has been great again this year, and the teams behind the planning and running of the activities should be really proud of the work they’ve carried out.

"It’s been fantastic to see how much these have been enjoyed and we are committed to ensuring these activities continue to run.”

Councillor Daniel Lennie, convener of corporate services, added: “The programme this year has been jam-packed with activities and events, and it’s been great to get along and be involved.

"Everyone really enjoys it no matter what age and they’re really happy that this is available on their doorsteps.

"We know that the cost of living is hitting our residents hard and this programme of events was just one of the ways the Council was able to ensure our young people enjoyed a varied and memorable summer break while keeping the cost of the school holidays down for families to run.”