Minstrels cap jubilee with donations of £18,000

Angus Mintrels presented their annual charity cheques at their AGM in the Methodist Church Hall on Thursday evening.
Angus Mintrels presented their annual charity cheques at their AGM in the Methodist Church Hall on Thursday evening.

THE CHAIRMAN of the Angus Minstrels, Ian Cargill, announced at the annual general meeting in St John’s Methodist Church hall, Arbroath, on Thursday evening that the Minstrels had enjoyed a very successful 50th anniversary year.

A get-together was held in September of present and former members of the company, many of whom had travelled from afar. On the last night of the annual show, many of them joined the present company on stage for the singing of ‘Dixie’ which received a standing ovation.

Minstrels’ treasurer Gary Mitchell advised the company that a total of £18,000 was to be handed over to local charities. He added that had it not been that the Minstrels had to pay Angus Council about £3,800 for selling the tickets and £1,400 for supplying ushers, they would have been able to donate another £5,000 to local charities.

Recipients and the amount they received are as follows: CHAS Rachel House, £11,000; Arbroath Town Mission, £2,000; CAFE Project, £2,000; Quarriers, £1,000; MS Society Angus branch, £1,000; RNLI Arbroath, £650; and HOPE Trust, £350.

The representative from CHAS stated that she was delighted to receive the donation and revealed that since 1994, including this year, the Minstrels have donated £201,190.47 to them.

This year’s show will be in The Webster Memorial Theatre from Wednesday, November 2, until Saturday, November 12 (excluding November 6). Ticket price is £11 for all areas and block bookings are now being taken by Miss Joan Mitchell, 10 Seaton Road, Arbroath.

The production team is:- Edwina Barraclough, producer, assisted by James Hutcheson, with Paul Clancy as musical director.

The committee for this year is: director, Joan Mitchell; committee:- Ian Cargill, Eileen Craig, Evelyn Fordyce, James Hutcheson, Shona Kemp, Garry Mitchell, Robert Seaton, Jamie Watson and Ron Watson.

If anybody would like to join the company in any capacity i.e., on stage, wardrobe, stage crew or front of house, please contact Joan at the above address.