Irvine residents turned out for the town’s annual May Day celebrations last week.

Saturday saw Irvine and North Ayrshire Trades Union Council’s annual May Day march and rally.

As usual the event, which celebrates workers and trade unionism, kicked off at the Vineburgh Community Centre at noon and included speakers such as Phil McGarry from Peoples Assembly Scotland and Frieda Park from the Scottish Cuba Solidarity Campaign.

Attendees also enjoyed entertainment and stalls at the Vineburgh Community Centre from 1pm.

Other special events organised for Irvine’s May Day celebrations included a talk by Esther Clark (former MP Katy Clark’s mum) on Friday on the life and times of her great grandfather Sanny Sloan.

Sanny Sloan was an Ayrshire socialist MP from 1939-1945 and distinguished miners leader and councillor – with a small exhibition on the man held in the Vineburgh Community Centre.

Later on in the month a performance of the play The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists will be staged in St Mary’s Church, West Road.

This play will be performed in the town after touring all over the country as part of the Townsend Productions stable.

Tickets are priced £7 waged and £5 unwaged.

For more information or to order tickets phone or text organiser Arthur West on 07826127759