Three Ayrshire primary schools kids had MSPs in fits of laughter last week as they took part in a joke-telling competition at the Scottish Parliament.

Aldrei Pagaran, of Primary 1 at St Ninian’s Primary School in Prestwick, Havana McNaughton, Primary 1 at St Winnings Primary School in Kilwinning, and Emily Welsh, Primary 2 at Fenwick Primary School were among 28 finalists in the VoiceBox competition.

The joke telling competition was organised to highlight the importance of speech and language therapy.

Ayr Advertiser: Alderei PagaranAlderei Pagaran (Image: Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists)

And while they didn't win, the three Ayrshire finalists put a smile on the face of MSPs...and each received a medal and a goodie-bag for reaching the final, as well as £100 worth of books for their school from HarperCollins.

Ten-year-old Gordon Moodie from Cockenzie Primary School in East Lothian was crowned the winner as MSPs were treated to a showcase of Scotland’s next generation of comedy stars.

The final was hosted by the parliament's presiding officer, Alison Johnstone MSP, with Zara Janjua, a BBC journalist and comedian, compering.

Ayr Advertiser: Havana McNaughtonHavana McNaughton (Image: Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists)

And Gordon's winning joke was: “Why did the donkey go to the shops? Cause he had hee haw in the hoose!”

VoiceBox was set up by the the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) to highlight the critical role communication plays in a child’s development and the impact speech and language therapy has on their future.

VoiceBox aims to shine a light on the power of communication, early language and communication development and the importance of early intervention.

Ayr Advertiser: Emily WalshEmily Walsh (Image: Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists)

Glenn Carter, head of RCSLT Scotland, said: "It was brilliant to see all the kids here, and the RCSLT is thrilled to have brought VoiceBox to the Scottish Parliament, where it received such enthusiastic support.

"The joy and laughter shared today highlight the power of communication and the importance of nurturing it in our young people."

Ms Johnstone added: "It was a pleasure to host the final of the VoiceBox competition at the Scottish Parliament.

"The children put so much effort and thought into their jokes, which were a testament to their creativity and confidence.

"Events like these showcase the importance of helping children find their own voice and share their unique perspectives with the world."