Rallying call for Glamis fund-raiser

ORGANISATIONS in and around Montrose are being urged to be part of a second Glamis Gathering, which will again involve all of the Angus burghs.

Building on the success of last year’s Diamond Jubilee gathering at Glamis Castle, the two-day event has been organised as a fund-raiser for the Ninewells Cancer Campaign.

That event attracted more than 25,000 people from across the county and its organisers, Robina Addison and Norman Fiddes, have again been asked to pull the weekend which they hope will keep up the momentum between last year’s gathering and another to be held next year to mark the Year of Homecoming.

While the Jubilee event drew heavily on the Angus burghs to showcase each of their communities, the emphasis of this year’s format will be slightly different and some elements are already in place.

Mrs Addison said: “We’re having a ‘Live on the Lawn’ event on the Saturday night with a varied programme of music featuring Iron Broo, all-girl rock band Glitz and internationally acclaimed fiddler Paul Anderson.

“We felt that with the cancellation of this year’s Glamis Prom concert it might help to keep the pot boiling for them. All the acts are professional, although throughout the weekend there will be entertainment by local groups too.

“Sunday will be a family day featuring the Singing Kettle, who will perform a brand new show on a Wild West theme, a teddy bears’ picnic and a competition for primary schools called ‘Glammerjack’, based on the game show ‘Crackerjack’. We’ve also have a celebrity chef who will come along to do cookery demonstrations as well as food and craft villages.

“We still, however, want to hear from performance groups and youth organisations which would be willing to come forward to take part.”

Although last year’s gathering was funded, this year there will be a charge for the event on May 18 and 19 with proceeds going to the Ninewells campaign.

Mrs Addison continued: “The gathering last year was so successful, and we’ve been asked to do something next year at Glamis for the Year of Homecoming, we thought we’d keep things moving. We felt that the cancer campaign was appropriate as there are so many people in Angus who have been affected by it or know someone who has.

“This promises to be a really good and different event and we want community support to bring the burghs together again.”

Anyone wishing to take part in the Glamis Gathering can register their interest by contacting Mrs Addison on 01674 675514 or Gill Davies on 01674 830352/07773754606.

Tickets will be on sale in the near future, online via Paypal and from local outlets.