A STEAK bridie from an Alloa High Street butchers received the seal of approval at the recent World Championship Scotch Pie Awards.

The savoury treat from James Aitken Butchers earned bronze in its category at the 21st instance of the annual competition.

More than 75 professionals entered around 460 of their best products across 11 categories with fierce competition as everyone vied for pie glory.

David Thomson, of James Aitken Butchers, said: "We are delighted with our win and can go away with our heads held very high indeed.

"To have been judged as one of the best against so many of our peers is a huge achievement."

TV personality Carol Smillie presented the awards and said: "I have been hosting since 2016 and I have seen many well deserved winners in all the categories take to the stage that I know what it means to win.

"Every winner should be proud of their success and I hope they all see their businesses grow and prosper in the year to come."

Head judge Ian Nelson was also impressed on the day.

He added: "I must say that the standard keeps getting better each year.

"All of our winners deserve the accolades they have taken home today."