Stepping out for centenary celebrations

Taking the floor: Heritage centre members Carol Sanders and Brain Crozier swing into action ahead of the centenary ball.'Van Werninck Studio
Taking the floor: Heritage centre members Carol Sanders and Brain Crozier swing into action ahead of the centenary ball.'Van Werninck Studio

SWING band enthusiasts are being invited to take the floor later this year to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Montrose Air Station.

The Air Station Heritage Centre has organised a special centenary ball for Saturday,June 15 at which live music will be provided by the Dundee-based Sellars Brothers Swing Band.

Although guests are encouraged to get ‘In the Mood’ by going along to the ball in 1940s’ style dress, it is not essential and those planning on attending are being encouraged to just ‘Dress to Impress’.

The evening will also hold plenty of appeal for non-dancers, as it will provide an opportunity to soak up and authentic wartime atmosphere.

They can also enjoy the 12-piece band’s rendition of 1940s, and some 50s, classic music from the likes of Glen Miller, Frank Sinatra and others.

Some local entertainment will also be provided at the town hall event with dancers from the Esk Academy of Dancing in action.

Also taking part in the evening will be singer Kirsten Tomlinson, who will perform a selection of classic Songbook melodies.

Meanwhile, all proceeds from a raffle to be held during the course of the evening will be donated to SSAFA Forces Help.

The air station’s centenary celebrations will reach their climax the following month, when a full-size replica will be unveiled at the Broomfield centre on Friday, July 26.

The ceremony is also expected to include flypasts of aircraft representing the history of RFC/RAF Montrose, which closed in 1952.

Tickets for the centenary ball, which are priced at £25 including a finger buffet, are available from Henry Hogg’s newsagent on the High Street and Van - Studio on Murray Street, 01674 673282.