The provost Ian Clarkson was getting into the festive spirit to help launch the first ever North Ayrshire Santa dash.

He was joined by Craig Crosthwaite from the Foodbank who the event is aimed at supporting and the event organiser Blair Pettigrew the founder of Blue Sports.

The Santa Dash will hopefully see an army of Santas running through Saltcoats on Sunday, November 24.

The 3km course is yet to be confirmed but it’s assured to be a flat route suitable for buggies and wheelchairs.

Every runner will receive a full Santa suit and hat and bespoke medal as well as a warm drink and snack at the finish line.

Each entry will also go towards supporting the Foodbank Christmas hamper appeal. The event coincides with this years Saltcoats Christmas light switch so it really is going to be a fun filled festive day for all taking part.

Blue Sports founder Blair Pettigrew told the Times: “I’ve seen first hand the power sport has to help transform lives and I really hope the community of North Ayrshire come together and support this great event and cause, I can’t wait to see the town centre filled with Santas all raising money for such a great charity”.

The event is open to everyone, under 2s and well behaved dogs are free with a special offer for families. Entries are now open online via EntryCentral, for more information check out the Blue Sports Facebook page.

Craig Crosthwaite from North Ayrshire Foodbank said: “The Foodbank issues over 200 special Christmas Hampers full of fresh meat, fruit, vegetables and various treats with the financial support of community wind power limited. However, demand always exceed supply and we have to buy on average 15-20 extra hampers. The funds raised will be used to buy these additional hampers as well as our children’s Christmas celebration meal. Thanks to this support those in need of our support will be enabled to have a Christmas meal full of festive cheer. Thank you for reaching out and sharing your goodwill.”