THE WIND blew, it rained for hours and it was, to say the least, dreich, but not so at the Town Mission Centre on Friday night which was filled with the sound of seasonal music and verse of an exceptional standard.
It was the venue for a concert given by members of Friends of Alzheimer Scotland Angus which got underway in a beautiful Victorian drawing room setting. The Friends, Eileen Craig, Maggie Findlay, Shona Kemp, Jill Kerr, Louise Murray, Vicki White, Douglas Cant, Jonathan Milne, Garry Mitchell, Jamie Watson, John Kerr, Jim Ramsay, Joan Macgregor and Sheena Guthrie, presented the 12th concert at Christmastime to raise funds for Alzheimer Scotland Angus Services. This year the event realised almost £2,000 which will be used to benefit people with dementia and their carers within Angus.
The company opened their programme with the carol ‘Deck the halls’ in which their voices soared through the centre. The part singing was of a very high standard and their choice of ‘In the bleak midwinter’, ‘In the giving we receive’, ‘The Zither Carol’, ‘Shepherd’s Pipe Carol’, ‘Joy to the world’, ‘The Angels Carol’, ‘Jingle Bells’, and ‘Christmas is here’ were much enjoyed by the audience.
Each soloist sang exceptionally well adding their own bit of magic to the evening. The gentlemen, too, had solo spots.
Pat Brodlie, dementia resource worker Alzheimer Scotland Angus Services introduced the programme and gave a vote of thanks. Special thanks were accorded to Joan Mitchell who brought the group together; Sheena Guthrie for preparing the programme; Bob Clapham, Wilma Swankie and the trustees of Arbroath Town Mission for allowing the use of their premises; and Brian and Catriona Cumming and Yvonne and Garry Mitchell who set up the ‘drawing room setting.