Young people from Wallacetown have been donning their film-maker caps recently to create a short video celebrating the history of the area.

The film is called ‘Home: A Bright City Story’, and was made in collaboration with the council’s Thriving Communities team and The Iris Arts.

To get into character, the young film-makers researched the history of the area, going back to the days when Wallacetown was a hive of industry and many families were housed in the Spion Kop on King Street.

The group were fascinated to learn about the Suffragette movement and enjoyed hearing stories about local people working nearby in Gray’s Factory and the stamp works.

Some scenes were shot at Wallacetown Early Years Centre, the Old Kirk in Ayr and Ayr United Football Club.

Councillor William Grant, portfolio holder for children and young people at South Ayrshire Council, said: “This project was a fantastic opportunity for young people from Wallacetown to learn new skills and knowledge, and gain valuable life experiences.

“Bringing the Wallacetown community together to create this short film has not only celebrated the wonderful history of this part of the town, but it has played a part in the longer-term partnership approach for a brighter, positive future for the area. Well done to everyone involved.”

Elise McRobert from Wallacetown, who took part in the project, said “I really enjoyed being part of the film sessions. I learned lots of new skills along the way which has helped to build my confidence.”

Ross Hunter from The Iris said: “It was a fantastic project to be part of, and working with the young people enlightened us to the incredible talent locally.”

A link to the film can be found on the Iris Ayr Facebook page.