Students from Ayr have played their part in season six of hit TV show Outlander by launching the new series as the first episode premiered at the Glasgow Film Festival.

University of the West of Scotland (UWS) students took part in a flash-mob by the steps at the top of Buchanan Street on Thursday, March 3 – as well as at the show’s star-studded red carpet premiere at the Glasgow Film Theatre the same night.

The cast was made up of 24 former and current students.

Ayr Advertiser: The castThe cast

The glitzy event was attended by household names including star actor Sam Heughan and Outlander author Diana Gabaldon.

The UWS team from the University’s Performance courses, which are based in Ayr, donned traditional Highland dress for the routine, as they delivered a stirring rendition of the show’s theme tune – the iconic Sky Boat Song – alongside drummers and pipers.

Video footage of the event shows amused onlookers stopping to listen and watch the spectacle.

UWS Performance Programme leader Dr Stephen Langston arranaged and musically directed the five-minute piece.

Ayr Advertiser: : Dr Stephen Langston leads rehearsals ahead of the performance: Dr Stephen Langston leads rehearsals ahead of the performance

Dr Langston said: “Outlander is a TV phenomenon, and has attracted thousands of new visitors to Scotland, eager to visit the stunning locations at which it is filmed.

“I am absolutely delighted that UWS has played such a prominent role in the launch of this much-loved show’s sixth season, and it really highlights the talent of our BA Performance students and graduates.

“The students and graduates who participated still underwent an audition process, and they should all be proud of what they have achieved.”

Ayr Advertiser: UWS student Mhairi Gilmour participated in the flash-mobUWS student Mhairi Gilmour participated in the flash-mob

Student Mhairi Gilmour, who participated in the performance, said: “I am truly honoured to have had this opportunity; it was an amazing experience.

“It was actually my first professional job as a performer, and I couldn’t have asked for something more memorable.

“I am hugely grateful to Dr Langston and the Outlander team, who gave us this amazing opportunity, and brought this brilliant routine to life.”

Ayr Advertiser: The cast take a selfie post-performanceThe cast take a selfie post-performance