Arbirlot rock’s out for charity

Kate Reid and Chris Halliday present the proceeds of the second Gig In The Hall, Arbirlot to Hamish Alldridge from children's charity CLIC Sergeant.

Kate Reid and Chris Halliday present the proceeds of the second Gig In The Hall, Arbirlot to Hamish Alldridge from children's charity CLIC Sergeant.

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Arbirlot rocked into action on at Gig in the Hall on August 8 to raise money for charity.

The sell out event featured top class live bands performing to an audience of 120 in Arbirlot Village Hall raising £914 for CLIC Sargent.

“As soon as word came out that Graeme Sim was organising the second Gig in the Hall there was people queuing at the door for tickets,” said Chris Halliday, a long-time charity fundraiser.

“It was absolutely fantastic. Just a brilliant night of rock, blues, jazz, everything!” enthused Mrs Halliday. “One of the performers, The Elaine Stewart Band, if you closed your eyes and listened you could have mistaken it for Tina Turner.”

The other performers raising the roof on the night were Junkyard Dogs, The Sound of the Everly Brothers, Drew Larg and friends.

“We would like to thank all the musicians for contributing their talent and their time, completely free of charge,” said Mr Sim.

Motivated not only to raise money for children’s charity CLIC Sargent but by a desire to inspire children through live bands outwith a pub environment. “It’s difficult for children to see live bands and I think it’s important that they are exposed and inspired by musicians up close,” Mr Graeme Sim explained.

CLIC Sargent is also a charity close to the heart of Chris and Jack Halliday, who helped organised the event. They sadly lost their grandson to leukemia when he was only 1, he would have been 12-years-old this year.

Hamish Alldridge, a representative of the charity accepted the donation. He said: “CLIC Sargent are quite delighted to receive from the Arbirlot community a cheque for £914, who have been generous donators for many years. The money will be used in Scotland to continue the charity’s valuable work.”