THIS year's Inverclyde Music Festival has been a testament to the hard work teachers and tutors in our local schools have done in bringing music and dance to life in their pupils.

It has been heartening to see people come in from the cold of January weather to make appreciative audiences for young musicians who appeared at Greenock Town Hall over the past two weeks.

To wrap up Inverclyde's premier music event for another year, here are some pictures taken at successful Inverclyde Music Festivals of the past.

Pic1: Children of every Scottish country dance team competing in a class were invited to join their adjudicators for an impromptu workshop in the town hall. A gap in the programme of events allowed time for the dance lesson during the festival of the year 2000.

Greenock Telegraph: Inverclyde Music Festival country dancing contest 2000

Pic2: Taken on the final night in 2000, this picture features winners of the major prize categories of the Music Festival as we stepped into the new millennium.

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Pic3: This shot gives some idea of the crowds of spectators who turned up to support performing family and friends during the Inverclyde Music Festival of 1999.

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Pic4: Three talented sisters, Nicole, Justine and Stephanie Irvine from Greenock, posed up for this fun shot after their stellar performances at the Inverclyde Music Festival of 1999.

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Pic5: Music Festival president Isobel Lind gave Telegraph reporter Rosemary Lowne the honour of doing the honours at its opening in 2014.

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The two posed up for this picture taken before competition started in earnest.