A COLOURFUL tribute to local community and hope has been created in a Scottish town centre, thanks to local pupils.

Youngsters from eight local schools in the area joined forces with Your Kirky – Kirkintilloch Community Council – to create a Rainbow of Hope in Kirkintilloch’s Regent Gardens.

The tribute – which will remain in place until next spring/summer – features small stones, with each one painted by budding artists from Holy Trinity, Lairdsland, Holy Family, Merkland, Hillhead, Oxgang, Gartconner and Harestanes schools.

Nigel Rooke, of Your Kirky, said: “The aim of the Rainbow is to create a positive message of hope and support for the wider community. We’ve been honoured to work with local schools to help bring a bit of extra brightness to the town as the days grow shorter and the nights longer.

“Each year group was allotted a different colour and their efforts have been incredible. I hope everyone who sees it can take a few moments to reflect on the Rainbow and its message. A total of 1750 children, eight schools, seven colours, one rainbow, one message – we’re all in this together.”

Pupils carefully collected suitable stones as part of a homework task, with paint supplied by Your Kirky. The stones were then gathered together and mounted on a large board, accompanied by messages of positivity.

The project has been supported by East Dunbartonshire Council with joint council leaders Andrew Polson and Vaughan Moody calling it an “inspirational sight for all” and a “magical piece of art” respectively.