Strong winds didn’t stop the crowds from enjoying the Saltcoats Harbour open day.

Residents and visitors flocked to the event on Saturday, September 14, which organisers hoped would bring some life back to Saltcoats Harbour.

The event featured the Isle of Cumbrae pipe band, fire engine, boats, an appearance from ‘Our Betsy Miller’, the Coastguard, a ukelele performance from The Well Happy Band and free goodies for the children.

Organiser Cllr Jean McClung said: “It was a very successful day, the only problem was was due to gale force winds we couldn’t get the boats in, but that didn’t deter people from coming.

“There were hundreds of people and visitors turned up, I spoke myself to two Americans and two Canadians and people were delighted to see inside the Harbour House.

“The Harbour Association got around 120 new members and about £500 in donations in the bucket, so there’s obviously a great deal of interest in the harbour and a lot of people hoping it can come back to life like when they were young.

“I want to thank everyone for coming along and can I personally thank all the officers at North Ayrshire Council, they went out of their way to make it possible.”

“John McGowan, the chair of the group, said it was something for the people by the people and for the town.”

Well done to everyone involved in organising the day!