A HEARTWARMING art exhibition celebrating the talents of children in Inverclyde was granted a special opening by Still Game star Jane McCarry.

The Beacon was packed full of proud families for the launch of the Barnardo's B-Arty showcase, organised by young people from the charity.

Passionate youngsters hope their art gets the message across that every child is unique.

Top Scottish actress Jane, who plays pensioner Isa in the hit BBC comedy, is a familiar face at the theatre and she was delighted to return for a cause close to her heart.

Jane told the Tele: "I love the Beacon, it is a very special place and so is Inverclyde.

"I was delighted to be asked here to open such an important event.

"Barnardo's come to our panto at the Beacon and I've had the chance to meet the youngsters after the show and get to know them.

"The charity do amazing work and it is great to support them in this way."

The exhibition is part of the charity's plans to celebrate the Year of the Young People.

Barnardo's works with hundreds of local families in Inverclyde through two major projects.

Its Thrive scheme is for children with disabilities and additional support needs.

The charity also runs Nurture, an initiative which supports families in need.

One of the young people whose artwork is on display is Faith McLellan.

She said: "We have had lots of fun organising this event and supporting each other."

Five-year-old Olivia Hamilton from All Saints was over the moon that her work of art, with a poem, was on display.

Her proud mum Ashley Ross, from Kilcreggan View, added: "Olivia was just so excited and this is the first time we have been to the Beacon.

"We go to the after school club run by Barnardo's and it is brilliant.

"We spend time together and get to meet other parents, talk and do lots of different activities."

The exhibition is open until April 13.