Great success for memorial gig

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According to reports the Ross Ramsay Memorial Concert at the weekend was a resounding success and could be one for the future.

It is understood that several thousand pounds were raised at the concert on Saturday night in the Webster Memorial Theatre which was aimed at raising awareness of mental health issues and also raising funds for both Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) and also ArtMoves, which helps people with disabilities engage with the arts.

Ross Ramsay, a talented musician from Arbroath, was 31 when he took his own life in Glasgow in 2013.

His mother, Sandra Ramsay, organised the concert with the help of her son’s many friends and musical family members, and producer James Hutcheson.

Speaking to the Herald Sandra said: “I don’t have a total yet, but we’ve got a rough idea that it will be between three and four thousand pounds, but we haven’t had it all added up yet.

“We raised over £1000 before we even started, partly because Ross’s girlfriend had found a girl he had sung with on a mobile phone and had made it into a tune which was auctioned and the highest bid was £500, which went to an anonymous bidder.

“It was absolutely brilliant.

“It far exceeded any expectations that we had, it was just amazing, and I’ve been asked to do it again. I think I will, but it might be a slightly different but similar kind of thing.”

Taking to the stage was Ross’s younger brother Ryan and his band, ‘Made As Mannequins,’ and he also played drums for young singer Cheryl Brown.

His uncle Ian and father Jim performed on stage and Sandra also sang with the backing vocalists.

A scene from musical ‘Oliver’ was wonderfully performed by members of ArtMoves and Alan Mowatt, and The Appolinari Dancers wowed with one of their splendid routines.

Sandra added: “I’ve been completely bowled over by people’s generosity. I have to thank all the people who gave of their time, experience and talents. I’m still buzzing yet.

“I’ve been contacted by a lot of people with very moving stories, total strangers. The word inspirational keeps coming towards me and their stories have given me the help and will I needed.”

A video of the grand finale is on YouTube, search for ‘Ross Ramsay 500 Miles’.