Celebrating 25 years of music

ARBROATH Accordion and Fiddle Club marked the occasion of their silver anniversary at their annual general meeting.

Members were joined by special guest Nicol McLaren, chairman of the National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs at the meeting in the Arbroath Artisan Golf Club last Sunday.

Nicol was pleased to take part in the special occasion. He said: “I was delighted to attend Arbroath’s 25th anniversary.

“The Accordion and Fiddle Club network was set up nearly 42 years ago and whilst the Association has witnessed a fair amount of change over the years, local clubs like Arbroath continue to be the backbone of box and fiddle music. I congratulate Arbroath on reaching this milestone and wish them well for the future.”

Chairman of the Arbroath Accordion and Fiddle Club Tony Simpson praised the work of the club’s committee.

He said: “The Arbroath Club first met on March 6, 1988, at the Inverpark Hotel and over time we have met at various venues in Arbroath. Our committee, particularly Barbara Thomson our secretary and a committee member for 25 years, work hard keeping the club alive.”

Secretary Barbara Thompson added her own vote of thanks. She said: “Over the years we have had a wide selection of visiting bands and musicians as guest artistes but we recognise the contribution that our local and long standing club players and members make to our evenings, we thank them for their continued support.”

Once business had been concluded a number of local players entertained members and guest artistes the Ewan Galloway Trio gave a fine performance.