CHRISTMAS is definitely not cancelled in Gourock this year.

Gourock Schools and Churches Together are launching a fun artistic competition to get the festive season off to a flyer.

The group are inviting everyone in the town to create a picture based on their favourite Christmas carol.

People are asked to display them in their windows and there will be prizes for the best entries.

Reverend David Burt, of Old Gourock and Ashton Church, said: "We can't hold our usual Christmas Carol services this year, so we thought this was a good way to connect with the community.

"We can sing at people's windows instead."

The art contest is open to all ages and abilities.

A sample picture is on display at St Ninian's RC Church, inspired by Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.

Reverend Teri Peterson, of St John's, said: "This will be a nice pick-me-up at the end of a difficult year.

"Hopefully it will create a nice visual experience around the town."

She added that although it will be a bit different this year, 'Christmas is still Christmas'.

A judging panel will go round and look at the festive pictures on December 11 and prizes will be announced.

The winners will receive vouchers to spend in Gourock shops, to encourage people to shop locally.

It is free to take part but an entry form must be completed, so judges know where to go to see the artwork on display.

Forms are available now from the churches, schools and selected shops.

The churches within the group are Old Gourock and Ashton, St John's, St Ninian's RC and Gourock Baptist Church.

Pictured, from left, are Father Gerry McNellis, of St Ninian's, Reverend David Burt, Reverend Ian Millar of Gourock Baptist Church and Reverend Teri Peterson