Charity’s festival fund-raiser

Festival fund-raiser: Pictured getting ready for the weekend are (from left) Emily Gregory, Jill Gregory and Jill Cooper.

Festival fund-raiser: Pictured getting ready for the weekend are (from left) Emily Gregory, Jill Gregory and Jill Cooper.

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Montrose’s Cancer Research shop will put on its own show at this weekend’s music festival in a bid to boost its fund-raising.

Staff have come up with the unusual idea of having a ‘live musical window’, which has already been backed by several performers attending the event.

The shop’s usual display will be moved to make way for a mini stage on which a number of acts will perform throughout Saturday afternoon.

Jill Gregory, shop manager, who put forward the suggestion, said the attraction’s aim is to get help raise money for the charity while getting in to the festival spirit.

She said: “Hopefully we’ll tempt a few people in, and what’s more fitting than using something that’s bringing people in to Montrose anyway? We’re also hoping to encourage people to come in who we might not otherwise attract.”

The idea has received enthusiastic support and Jill Cooper, assistant manager, said that six acts have so far confirmed to play.

She said: “I e-mailed the festival committee to find out if they could come up with anyone and I went through their list, looked at the acts on YouTube to see if they’d be suitable and then e-mailed the ones who were. All of them will be doing acoustic performances.”

Montrose musician Charlie Williamson will start off the shop’s programme at noon with an hour’s set before handing over to guitarist and singer Lucy Zambers, who will also perform for an hour.

At 2pm Montrose singer/songwriter Gary Anderson will take over and at 2.30pm will be joined by Bob Paton as support for his second half-hour. Pop and rock singer Andrew Spiller will take to the stage at 3pm while Montrosian Ross Candy will round off the afternoon’s performances.

While six acts have confirmed, Jill said that further performers could be added.