This past Saturday saw the penultimate charity event hosted by local fund raiser Doug Mckelvie at the Stoney Town Hall.
Over the past 25 years Doug has helped raise funds for a variety of local and national charities and causes.
Just when Doug has felt he is finally get the mix of music and comedy to the right level, he has gone away and retired.
Over the years he has worked with local talent which included an impromptu accordion performance from the late Bobby Jackson in the St Leonards Hotel.
Saturdays performers kept the 45 – 50 present entertained with a mix of jazz, rock and contemporary music with the inimitable comedy style of “patrice” the hairdresses to the stars holding the evening together.
Doug said: “Thanks to all the entertainers and the local retailers who allowed their premises to be used as ticket outlets with a special mention to Paul and Iain of First Drive and The Hook and Eye respectively whose assistance was most appreciated.”
Next year, Foug hopes to break the mould and raise funds for only one cause. with the aid of a red beard he hopes to raise enough to sponsor a helper on board a mercy ship for a month.
This will take considerably more than the last three events put together but Doug feels the mercy ship concept is well worth raising the bar for and is sure with the help of his family, friends and associates and the local population he will reach the amount required