Clutha benefit fund-raiser

Musicans at The Black Abbot
Musicans at The Black Abbot

A number of Montrose musicians took to the stage at three venues in the town to raise money for the Glasgow helicopter crash benefit.

On November 29, 2013, a Police Scotland helicopter crashed into the Clutha Vaults bar, a well known live music venue on the banks of the Clyde in Glasgow, killing nine and seriously injuring more.

In the wake of the incident, 18 Montrose musicians and bands took to the stage at three live music venues to hold a weekend of live music in the town last weekend (January 4 and 5), raising more than £1,000 for the Clutha Benefit.

The Clutha Benefit Weekender was Jim Reid’s idea (57), bass player with Heidrum, one of the bands who played at the event.

Mr Reid, of the High Street, said: “The reason behind the benefit was I know some musicians who play at the Clutha Vaults on a regular basis.”

He added: “Everybody came together and there was a great turn out. It was really well received.”

The event started at the Rock Star Rock Bar at the Star Hotel, on New Wynd, on Saturday afternoon then moved to @Bar, on Hume Street, on Saturday evening and finished at the Black Abbot, on Coronation Way, on Sunday.

The event was free and fund were raised by donations only and gig goers raised £1,046.

All of the proceeds will be donated to the Clutha Vaults victims, their families, emergency services, and all of those that have been affected by the disaster.

Mr Reid said he wanted to thank all the musicians involved, the venues who hosted the event and everyone who turned up at the weekend and donated money.