MORE than 60 children of all ages braved a Hogmanay Hoolie to take part in two festive events.

South Beach in Troon played host to a free beach dig and hole in one challenge.

The free beach dig involved the youngsters searching for tokens in the sand. They could be exchanged for chocolate gifts, which had been left over from the highly successful Secret Santa campaign.

Then the hole-in-one challenge on the beach saw competitors securing 16 holes in one - up from the total of nine from last year. And one of those securing an ace was Campbell Malone, who organised both events. Chocolate treats were handed over to the golfers.

He said: "It’s great to see troon families come out and support a community event on Hogmanay. I love the fact that mums, dads and grandparents come out and support the kids. We hid 120 tokens in the sand they were all found by the children, who seemed to enjoy this activity. The hole in one competition was also very popular, as it was last year."

Marr College pupil Andrew Milne (14) was a volunteer on the day and said: "I love the hole in one event as it brings the community together. Last year I played and enjoyed being involved."