A group of students has become the first musicians to perform inside the Wallace Monument.

Thirty students from Motherwell and Cumbernauld colleges took part in the St Andrew's Day celebrations yesterday at the Stirling tourist attraction.

The musicians performed on three levels within the world-renowned monument, including in the Hall for Heroes, and photography and film students were on hand to record the historic event.

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Motherwell student Matthew McConnell, 19, from Lanark, was one of 25 musicians taking part. He said: "To be given the opportunity to perform inside the Wallace Monument was just incredible, and to know that no-one else has ever done this before was pretty special. We have been practising hard to ensure we are note-perfect on the day – it's such a big occasion there is no room for error."

Motherwell student Vickie Paxton, 20, from East Kilbride, added: "The atmosphere was amazing and everyone had a great time."

Picture: Steve Welsh