Guildry provides cash support for local events

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THE ARBROATH Guildry Incorporation has demonstrated its support for major events involving the town’s residents with the presentation of cheques totalling £1,350.

Dean of Guild Mr Ian Lamb handed over cheques to Dr Richard Irvine, who organised the highly successful celebration of the town’s railway station centenary at Christmas time; Deputy Lieutenant for Angus Colonel Jake Hensman, towards the Angus participation in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations later this year; and to Mr Ken Southorn, vice-president of the Arbroath Male Voice Choir, for their forthcoming concerts with international singing star Lesley Garrett.

The station centenary celebrations saw Arbroath railway station stepping back 100 years with a re-enactment of the sale of the first ticket, a programme of entertainment, a historic exhibition and various rail-related displays just before Christmas.

The money for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations will go towards the Spirit of Adventure Hill Walk planned for June 16 for young people from schools throughout the county.

There will be eight walks organised with differing levels of difficulty and a prize for each walk of a six-day summer camp at an adventure school. Clothing and equipment will be provided where needed and distributed amongst Angus schools after the event. Other costs include transporting and providing packed lunches for all the secondary school pupils taking part

The money for the Arbroath Male Voice Choir will buy the sheet music required for the two Lesley Garrett concerts in the town’s Webster Memorial Theatre in March which are already completely sold out. The concerts comprise one of the biggest events ever organised by the choir at a cost of some £20,000.

Presenting the cheques, Mr Lamb said The Guildry was delighted to be supporting such ambitious and worthwhile events.