A YOUNG girl from Tullibody was "chuffed" to have come up with the winning suggestion to name a Stirling attraction.

Merryn Nicolson, at the age of three, put forth the name Choo Choo McGoo for the land train in Stirling and her idea was by far the most popular in an online poll.

It beat the likes of The Wallace Wanderer; Mary, Train of Scots; Robbie ColTrain; Liam the Land Train; and The Forth Flyer.

Merryn's suggestion took a majority of the votes in a competition organised by Go Forth Stirling Business Improvement District, which runs the land train attraction.

The youngster's mum Amber Rose said her daughter always refers to the land train as Choo Choo.

She added: "I'm over the moon that she won and she's very chuffed with herself."

The family are regular visitors to the attraction and will be guests of honour at a naming ceremony later this year.

Amber Rose said: "She loves riding on the land train and calls the train Choo Choo so that's where the idea for the name came from.

"We decided to have a go when we saw the competition advertised and once the name was shortlisted, we had a lot of support from family and the local community who all voted for Merryn's idea.

"She's a real chatterbox and loves the idea that the land train will now be called Choo Choo McGoo.

"We thought it was an easy and simple name which sums up the fun the land train offers to families and I'm delighted other people thought it was a good name too."

Choo Choo McGoo was a clear favourite, drawing 51.23 per cent of all votes.

The Wallace Wanderer took second place with a little more than 15 per cent of votes cast while The Forth Flyer was third with 10.92 per cent.

Danielle McRorie-Smith, chair of Go Forth Stirling, added: "The land train has become a real landmark in Stirling and we thought a naming competition would be a great way to have some fun and come up with a new name."

Merryn, mum Amber Rose, dad Andy and nine-year-old sister Cara will take part in the special relaunch ceremony, but are also set to enjoy a fun family day out in Stirling after receiving gift vouchers for Napizza, Tinkerbells Emporium and the Vue.