Dancers share stage with top acts for fund-raiser

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LOCAL dancers are set to take to one of the biggest stages in the north east this weekend along with top artists Beverley Knight and Capercaillie.

The group of 20 pupils from the Gordon School of Dancing will perform at the open air concert at Fyvie Castle this Saturday to help raise money for cancer charity Friends of ANCHOR as well as mark the 800th anniversary of the Aberdeenshire historic landmark.

School principal Robina Addison has choreographed a new dance especially for the event, which will be incorporated into the girls’ Celtic dance performance.

She said: “I’m delighted that dancers from the school will be part of such a prestigious event and, most importantly, supporting such a worthy cause. Our girls have had the privilege to perform all over the world including North America, China, Istanbul, Trinidad and across Europe but this event, with its historical celebratory occasion and spectacular line-up, is going to be a truly special experience.”

Set to be one of the biggest music events in the north east area this year, Fyvie Live 2011, will see thousands of concert-goers picnicking on the castle’s lawn with all profits going to Friends of ANCHOR, which directly supports cancer patients throughout the north and north-east at its unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Sarah-Jane Milne, Friends of Anchor PR and fund-raising manager, said the dancers are a welcome addition to the evening’s programme.

She said: “We are really looking forward to hosting Fyvie Live 2011 at such a historical time for the castle.

“Fyvie Live is a unique fund-raising event that will not only celebrate the treasured landmark’s special birthday but will also act as a celebration of the abundance of talent we have here in the north of Scotland.”

In addition to the planned entertainment on the concert stage, there will also be many popular local arts, crafts and confectionary businesses hosting stalls at the event throughout the day as well as top-quality food and drinks outlets and children’s entertainment. It will close with a spectacular fireworks finale.

Tickets and further information are available online at www.fyvie-live.co.uk and details about Friends of ANCHOR are also available at www.friendsofanchor.org