‘Victorian’ carol singers

A GROUP of bejewelled and bewhiskered ‘Victorian’ ladies and gentlemen will be taking to the High Street in Arbroath tomorrow afternoon (Saturday) to help add a touch of traditional Christmas cheer to the chore of shopping.

A group of members from the Rotary Club of Arbroath will be carolling in Victorian dress in support of the local unit of the Salvation Army who themselves will be playing traditional carols at the town’s principal supermarkets.

“One of our members came up with this idea, enabling the club to put something back into the community,” said Rotary president Mr Don Clark. “When we heard the Salvation Army were to be playing on Saturday, we thought it would be a great idea if we offered to collect on their behalf.

“We spoke to the Army’s Territorial Envoy in the town, Mr Roy Dainty, and he was delighted to accept our offer. We were happy just to sing for the fun of it and to, hopefully, add atmosphere to the High Street, but a collection for such a worthwhile cause makes it all so much more meaningful.”

Mr Dainty said he was delighted with the offer from the Rotarians. “We’re very grateful to them for offering to help us raise money,” he said. “Funds are always very much needed at this time of year.

“One third of whatever is raised will go towards the social work we do in Arbroath while the rest will go towards helping youngsters in Africa.”

The Rotary Victorians will be singing a selection of carols and Christmas songs accompanied by Rotarian Tony Simpson on accordion. They are also planning to entertain at a number of residential homes in the town before Christmas.