IT will be the end of an era in Kincardine this month, as the last call goes out for an annual charity bingo.

For more than a decade, Gwen Gardiner and Nancy McBeth have ensured it has been eyes down for a full house at their fundraiser in aid of the Strathcarron Hospice.

Until the last few years, they were helped by friend Christine Milligan, who died in 2015.

Gwen said: "It started off when my friend Christine's husband had died and she asked if I would help her to do a prize bingo in his memory.

"My mum had died of cancer the year before so it was in memory of them and we wanted to raise money for the Strathcarron Hospice.

"It was such a success that everyone said can you do it again and we have done it ever since.

"It was the three of us then Christine took cancer herself and ended up in Strathcarron.

"Christine's aim was to reach £2,000 and last year she would have been so happy as we raised £2,570.

The prize bingo has been running for 14 years and will come to a close on Sunday, April 30 with the event taking place in Kincardine Community Centre from 6.30pm.

Although disappointed it will be their last, Gwen and Nancy, who both live in the town, are still hoping someone will step in and take over.

Gwen said: "People are quite sad but no-one wants to take it on.

"What we would really like is for someone to take it over.

"I am quite willing to help on the day, however, someone may have completely different ideas and make it even more of a success."