A WEE COUNTY attraction came to life at the weekend with a fundraising coffee morning.

The annual event was once again organised by Friends of Alloa Tower and was held at the historic property in the heart of the town on Saturday, March 23.

In two short hours, and with a reasonable turnout, around £150 was raised for the tower, which will help with the small extras while the essentials are provided by owners the National Trust for Scotland.

Those who went along to the medieval home of the Erskine family, and later the Earls of Mar, were treated to hot drinks, home baking and various cakes in the lavish rooms at one of Scotland's largest medieval tower houses.

A tombola also helped net some additional money and it was a special occasion as the annual coffee morning has usually been held in church halls nearby.

However, this time around, people who went along on the day had the chance to enjoy a cuppa at the attraction itself, surrounded by a fine collection of Erskine family portraits and memorabilia.

Next for the friends will be their AGM in April and it is understood last October's popular gin tasting event will also return.

November will see the annual Tartan Toast with a supper while the Bel Canto acapella group's Christmas Concert is usually held in December to help people get into the festive spirit.

The Friends of Alloa Tower have been around since about the time the attraction opened to visitors in 1997, following a careful restoration to its likely appearance as in 1712.

Anyone looking to become a member can email alan.willoughby1@btinternet.com to express an interest.