Grease sing-along is a great success

ON FRIDAY, April 13, the first ever ‘Grease’ sing-a-long was held at the Webster Memorial Theatre, Arbroath. Over 130 people took part in the event which saw people singing and dancing their way through the evening to the iconic film, many dressed for the occasion in their T-Bird and Pink Lady costumes.

The event was held to raise funds two charities, Breast Cancer Awareness and Duke of Edinburgh. Organisers of the event were thrilled when Morrisons, Coast, Boots, Pleasureland and Bedlam Paintball, as well as many other local businesses, donated great prizes which helped to raised further monies. Organisers are hoping that with the success of this event, further similar events could be run in the future.

Call for early fuel payments

LOCAL MP Mike Weir has this week urged the UK Government to bring forward winter fuel payments for older people in rural areas.

Mr Weir said the move would help off-grid pensioners, with no access to social tariffs, to top up their fuel tanks while energy prices are cheaper.

Speaking after raising the issue at Scottish Questions Mr Weir, SNP energy spokesman, welcomed the offer of a meeting with Scotland Office Minister David Mundell.

He said: “While all households have been hit by rocketing energy prices, off-grid customers, who have no access to social tariffs, are especially vulnerable. There are a very large number of households in rural Angus who rely on home fuel oil for heating and cooking.

“The UK government should investigate bringing forward payment of the pensioners winter fuel allowance earlier in the year when they could fill their tanks prior to the onset of winter and when fuel prices tend to be cheaper.”

Mr Weir added that the move would be a “huge help” to older people but would be “revenue neutral” with little or no additional cost attached.

He said: “While the Scottish Government is doing everything it can to tackle fuel poverty, the UK Government has done nothing to ensure that off-grid energy customers are afforded the same protection as mains gas and electricity customers.

“The heating oil market is subject to sudden and very high price spikes and there is real concern amongst consumers that there is very little competition in the market, leaving them effectively with no option but to pay up.”