VOLUNTEERS from Alva Community Council welcomed the town to their annual Christmas Fayre, marking a return of the event last held in 2019.

The fayre, held at the Cochrane Hall, was the first in three years as Covid restrictions meant indoor events were not allowed to go ahead.

Taking place on Saturday, November 19, the event drew in large crowds to celebrate the Christmas cheer with a whole host of events on offer.

The fayre opened with Alva rainbows and brownies groups performing carol singing to the hall at 12noon, followed by the Community Choir at 1pm.

Santa and Mrs Claus themselves turned up to the event to surprise the kids during a rendition of Jingle Bells.

Afterwards, visitors were able to browse a range of stalls and a tombola, all while helping themselves to refreshments.

Lynn Cameron, chair for Alva Community Council, told the Advertiser she was thrilled the event was a success after years of restrictions.

She said: "This was the first one we've had since 2019 and it was very busy.

"We had lots of crafts stalls and singing and a good time was had by all.

"This is usually an annual event so it was great to finally host it again."

All proceeds raised by the raffle and tombola will go to Alva Community Council to plan further events.

The money will go to improving the area and planning nights later in the year such as the summer fun day and the Christmas lights switch on.