Take a look back at some of the top stories and pictures from the Ayr Advertiser 15 years ago.

Who do you recognise in these photos from August 2008?

Ayr Advertiser: Scottish Government minister Fiona Hyslop toured South Ayrshire

SCOTTISH Government minister Fiona Hyslop toured South Ayrshire to highlight educational achievements in the county. She met council chiefs and star pupils at Queen Margaret Academy - who have been taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Pilot Project. She also talked to some high flying students at Ayr College.

Ayr Advertiser: Biggart Hospital's taxi outing

TAXI drivers entertained patients at Biggart Hospital by driving them down the Ayrshire coast for free. The annual event allowed 30 patients and staff from the Prestwick hospital to travel in style in decorated taxis. Passengers stopped for cakes and drinks on the way before enjoying a three course meal in Laigh Coylton.

Ayr Advertiser: Charity star Irene Swankie

A TROON resident and Clydesdale Bank big shot led a staggering £600,000 charity drive. The bank’s head of corporate responsibility and community affairs Irene Swankie, 50, spearheaded the scheme to raise more than half a million pounds for the British Heart Foundation over the past three years.

Ayr Advertiser: Prestwick’s Joanne Newall, 17

Prestwick’s Joanne Newall, 17, won the glamourous final of Miss Teen Queen 2008 after beating 7,000 rivals to the title.

Ayr Advertiser: Wallacetoun and Newton residents enjoy their 2008 gala day

Wallacetoun and Newton residents had a great time at their local Gala Day.

Ayr Advertiser: Adam and Alison Train won gold at Ayr Flower Show 2008

Jubilant Adam and Alison Train from John Train and Sons in Tarbolton won a gold medal at Ayr Flower Show.