PUPILS from a Greenock primary are celebrating their success after returning victorious from the Inverclyde Music Festival.

Five country dancing teams from Ardgowan Primary proved to be step ahead of their rivals, impressing the adjudicators.

The primary six and seven girls were split into three teams and were the first from the school to compete for the Michie Trophy.

The Bute team were victorious with a mark of 85, closely followed by team Ailsa and Skye.

A mixed team from the school - including two boys who were dancing for the first time - also earned plenty of praise.

Debut dancer Ben Duffy of P5 told the Tele: “My mum danced when she was in school and it looked fun, so I tried it.

“I have fun dancing, some steps are easy but others are harder and take more practice."

Classmate Nathan McDonald added: “This was my first time dancing.

"My mum did Highland dancing and said this was similar so I decided to try.

“Performing was scary at first but it felt good to show what we had learned.”

Meanwhile the primary four/five girls competed for the Clune Park Trophy and a high mark of 84 saw them placed first and claim the trophy.

Team member Nuala Quigley said: “I have only been dancing for about three months but I love it.

“My dad was there to watch me and he was really happy."

In the evening the dancers returned to the Town Hall stage and took part alongside former pupils and won the Nan Hendry, the Sunshine and the Cartsburn Augustine trophies in the under 13, under 15 and under 18 classes.

Delighted head teacher Emma Picken said: "Our country dancers were extremely successful at the festival.

"Mrs Cunningham and Miss Mortimer give up their personal time to teach and train the pupils after school and the children are committed and take it very seriously.

"I am absolutely delighted that their hard work and effort has paid off.

"We owe a big thank-you to the parents who also support us, ensuring the pupils are turned out beautifully."