Swirling skirts success!

AN ARBROATH society put the fun back into fund-raising last weekend for a national campaign.

The Arbroath Lifeboat Ladies’ Guild held their ‘Swirl Our Skirts’ ceilidh at the Meadowbank Inn on Saturday night.

More than £800 was raised on the night through ticket sales and an auction and will all go towards the national ‘SOS’ campaign supporting the RNLI.

The dancing was led by the Allan Smeaton Duo, with a demonstration by the East Angus Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society who finished with the ‘Bell Rock Reel’ and sibling fiddler pair Nathan and Hannah Christie provided a medley of Scottish tunes.

A spokesperson for the Ladies’ Guild said: “The evening was a fantastic success, raising over £800 for the Arbroath Lifeboat.

“The musicians really made the night come alive. No doubt there would have been a few sore bones and perhaps even a sore head or two the next morning!”

No sooner had the dust settled than the enterprising ladies were back to planning the next round of fund-raising events for the RNLI.

On March 3, the RNLI shop at the Harbour will reopen on weekends under the watchful eye of Mary Gerrard.

On March 31 the ladies are inviting people to brave the Ides of March for a ‘Coffee and Shortie’ morning at the Old and Abbey Church. Entry is £1 with all the usual stalls and a raffle.

The branch annual general meeting is scheduled for Friday, May 25, at the Arbroath branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland hall and will be combined with one of their famous cream teas.

In addition to a brief business review most of the meeting will be given over to an as yet secret guest speaker.

The next meeting of the Arbroath Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild will be on March 26 at 7 p.m. in the Sea Cadet Hall.