A LOCAL youth band are celebrating after holding on to their title of Scottish youth champions for the FOURTH consecutive year.

Riverside Youth Band triumphed in the 16 and under development section of the event, held in Perth Concert Hall at the weekend.

The win follows victories in the same section in the previous two years plus the 14 and under class in 2015.

The band's programme opened with Caribbean Holiday, which saw members dance their way onto the stage.

Musical director and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduate Mark Good then joined the band for the rest of the programme, which included hymn tune Manchester, the Harry James Trumpet Concerto and the finale, Starburst.

Mark said: “I am over the moon for these wonderful musicians on their latest victory at the Scottish Youth Championships.

“They are the pride of Inverclyde and to see them develop musically week after week while becoming confident, articulate young people is testament to the benefits of learning a musical instrument and being part of an organisation like Riverside."

The youth band were kept busy with rehearsals ahead of the championships and chairman Duncan Galbraith has thanked everyone for their continued support.

He said: “We are grateful for the support of parents and family members, as well as the continued support of Belhaven Dental Surgery in Port Glasgow.

"From the hard work in rehearsals and performances to the planning behind the scenes, we'll strive to ensure young people across Inverclyde and beyond continue to enjoy these wonderful musical opportunities."

With another achievement under their belt the band now turn their attention to their Christmas Concert, where they will be joined by the Rock Choir and conductor Charlene Gordon.

The concert will be held at the Port Glasgow Community Campus on Friday December 21 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £10, which includes tea or coffee and mince pies, and children aged 12 and younger go free.

For ticket enquiries email secretary@riversideyouthband.co.uk