Scottish comedian Fred MacAulay had an audience at Montrose Town Hall in fits of laughter at a show to support a cause close to his heart.
Comedy met music for one night only at the town hall on Friday as Fred and three-piece cover band Fubar entertained the crowd in an event in aid of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
The evening was organised by Montrose couple Ally and Anne Hutchison, whose 13-year-old son, Aidan, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes last year.
Fred and Fubar raised around £3500 for JDRF, including a guitar donated by Fubar and signed by them and the comedian which raised £250 in a special auction.
Fred, who for 18 years, until March, presented a daily BBC Scotland radio programme MacAulay and Co, shared his take on ‘Life,’ sending the audience into uncontrollable laughter.
He said: “JDRF is something that’s quite close to my heart, we’ve got three children and the middle kid was diagnosed with type 1 16 years ago when he was 12. He’s now a happy, healthy 28-year-old but there have been a few ups and downs along the way, and at various points in my career I’ve done strange things to try and raise some funds, and tonight (Friday) is another one here in Montrose.
“I did a couple of events up in Shetland and the national JDRF guys said what about coming and doing one in Montrose and I was just putting together a tour around Scotland in July and they said Montrose will fit in perfectly with that because it is the same kind of venue as I was doing.
“I did places like Banchory, Ullapool, Stornoway, Tarbet, Nairn, so community halls, town halls. They’re the kind of place I enjoy going and visiting. This is the kind of tour show but it’s got the JDRF tag attached.
“I love doing stand up. I did 18 years on the radio but stand up is what I do first and foremost. I would happily go out and gig anywhere as long as there is a microphone lined up and a crowd, I’m happy, and hopefully the audience is too.”
In 2007, Fred competed in Comic Relief Does Fame Academy, and on Friday he relived his Fame Academy days and joined Fubar on stage, singing backing vocals to The Boys Are Back In Town.
Ally said: “Wow - what a night! Fred and Fubar were a fantastic combination and complimented each other perfectly. The support team had a blast organising the event and seeing it all come together on the night was hugely rewarding.
“Fred MacAulay was so funny, he had the audience in stitches with his opening remarks. Fubar rocked the night away with their usual energy and drive. Having Fred on backing vocals for one of the tracks was a great moment.
“We are still awaiting donations from a few people, however, we anticipate a figure of around £3500 was raised on the night. On behalf of Team JDRF Montrose, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to a ‘Fredfubartastic’ night.”
Fubar said: “We had an awesome time entertaining everyone at Fred and Fubar. We were happy to donate the guitar, which was signed and made £250 at a surprise auction. We also put our fee back into the charity pot.”
In 2014, Fred visited Montrose to film for On The Road to highlight the 70th anniversary of the death of Norwegian sea dog Bamse, who is buried in the town.
Fred said: “We spent a day up here filming and I’ve got some happy memories of that. It’s nice to be back. We filmed just outside the town hall on the grass at the front.”