Happy ending after youth club television theft

20110827- St Cyrus Youth Club TV. 'Youngsters and committee members pictured with the television. ' '"Andy Thompson Photography", '"Copyright Andy Thompson Photography", '"No use without payment", '"www.atimages.com",
20110827- St Cyrus Youth Club TV. 'Youngsters and committee members pictured with the television. ' '"Andy Thompson Photography", '"Copyright Andy Thompson Photography", '"No use without payment", '"www.atimages.com",

BIG-HEARTED local people in St Cyrus have teamed up with a Montrose business to help out the village’s youth club.

In April a sneak-in thief deprived the youngsters of a much-prized flat screen television which was taken while the village hall, where the club meets, was in use by another group.

It was one of four which the youth club uses for video games, a regular and popular feature on its rota of games nights.

The situation was complicated when the club discovered that its insurance company would not accept its claim for the 19-inch set. The group relies heavily on fund-raising and donations to replace equipment and subsidise some of its activities but due to other commitments, funds raised were being put towards other priorities.

Committee chairwoman Wilma Jobson said: “Due to nature of the theft, because it wasn’t under lock and key when the hall was in use by another user, the Police were unable to help and we couldn’t make a claim on our insurance.

“We have a Playstation, an XBox and a Wii which we use to promote group activities and have several TVs. There were four on the shelf but only one was taken. Two were bigger so they weren’t touched and we later discovered the other one wasn’t working.

“We went to the police and tried our insurance company but that was no-go although the police were very helpful.”

But after hearing about the club’s loss, St Cyrus man Bob Flann approached local company Robert Ritchie Hi-Fi, which donated a brand new 22-inch set for the youngsters to enjoy.

A local lady, who asked not to be named, also donated a large storage cupboard where the TVs can now be stored securely.

Wilma said the committee and youngsters are delighted with their replacement

She said: “They think it’s fantastic and it was really good of Ritchie’s to do that.

“This is great bonus to the group and we’d like to say a massive thank you to all.”

The club starts its new season next Friday, September 9. The juniors (P5-P7) meet between 6.30 and 8.15 pm while the seniors (S1-S3) meet from 8.30 to 10 pm. New members will be made welcome.