CANCER Research UK has benefited by almost £1,300 thanks to the efforts of musicians who participated in events in Montrose recently.
Under the national initiative ‘Busking for Cancer Research UK’, musicians are encouraged to busk, with the method being left entirely to themselves.
Accordingly, a number of musicians, including members of local bands Heidrum and F’n’3Gs and solo artist Charlie Williamson took part in an innovative busking pub crawl around the Montrose pubs on December 11, collecting donations as they went.
This was supplemented by performances at the Ballhouse during the Montrose Extravaganza held the following day, the line-up including the Montrose Town Band, Gary Anderson, Up ain’t Blue, Stooshy, the Gordon School of Dancing, Nosmo King, Charlie Williamson, F’n’3Gs, and Heidrum.
Approximately 65 per cent of the amount was raised during the pub crawl, supplemented by 15 per cent being realised from sponsorship by local businesses, with the remaining 20 per cent raised from the public who attended the Extravaganza.
In expressing gratitude to his fellow musicians, pub owners, businesses, and the public who contributed, organiser Gary Anderson advised that the total of £1,291.67 far exceeded expectations.
“The musicians who took part in the pub crawl were playing from 3pm until 1am, and it was no mean feat to take part in the Extravaganza where artists performed a variety of music from 11am to dusk at 4.30pm. The weather was bitterly cold which made performing with frozen fingers particularly difficult. Mention must be made, as well, to the dedication of Ben Moore who was the sound engineer at the Extravaganza and therefore obliged to be on stage throughout the entire event, and also Anne Anderson, Lynne Anderson and Isobel Brown who rattled the buckets throughout the weekend”.
Tentative plans are under way to hold a similar event in the summer.