Local ‘Rat Pack’ hit the heights

Pictured at the 'That's Life' finale are, from left - Doug Ford, Frank Murray, Stuart Cargill, Matt Paterson, Tracy Gibson and Alan Mowatt. Picture courtesy Wallace Ferrier.

Pictured at the 'That's Life' finale are, from left - Doug Ford, Frank Murray, Stuart Cargill, Matt Paterson, Tracy Gibson and Alan Mowatt. Picture courtesy Wallace Ferrier.

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The ‘That’s Life’ concerts held at Arbroath’s Meadowbank Inn were once again a sell-out success and raised about £5,000.

The money will be distributed among Macmillan Cancer Support, the British Heart Foundation, CAFE Project and Arbroath Town Mission.

This year’s event took place over three nights on Friday, Saturday and Sunday due to popular demand.

Abbey Music supplied the sound system, while comedian Frank Murray entertained the crowd during the break. The compere taking control was Matt Paterson who introduced the singers Tracy Gibson, Stuart Cargill, Alan Mowatt and Doug Ford.

The concerts were based on the Rat Pack era with songs from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Doris Day, etc. All the entertainers gathered at the end of the night to sing their version of Frank Sinatra’s most famous song ‘My Way’.

Doug Ford commented: “I had my flu jab a couple of weeks before the concerts then was struck down by a heavy cold. At one stage It looked like I might have to call off, but I got a little better and decided to carry on. The public were absolutely fantastic and the enthusiasm was infectious.

“We had an Arbroath singer, Tracy Gibson in the ranks and she was wonderful and her contribution was much appreciated.”

Plans are already taking shape for next years concerts which Mr Ford confirms will follow the same popular format but with different songs.