Heritage CD launched on restaurant’s 53rd birthday

PICTURED at the launch of the CD are beneficiaries and some of those who gave valuable assistance in its production. From left: Kate Somervell, Fettercairn Estate, Jim Brown, Claire Will, manager Forest View Centre, Provost Bill Howatson, Lord Lieutenant Carol Kinghorn, Elsie Young, head teacher Auchenblae Primary, Alex Johnstone MSP, Helen Shanks, Education, Learning and Leisure, Malcolm McCoig, chair Auchenblae Heritage Society, Ray Milne and Dave Ramsay.

PICTURED at the launch of the CD are beneficiaries and some of those who gave valuable assistance in its production. From left: Kate Somervell, Fettercairn Estate, Jim Brown, Claire Will, manager Forest View Centre, Provost Bill Howatson, Lord Lieutenant Carol Kinghorn, Elsie Young, head teacher Auchenblae Primary, Alex Johnstone MSP, Helen Shanks, Education, Learning and Leisure, Malcolm McCoig, chair Auchenblae Heritage Society, Ray Milne and Dave Ramsay.

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A NEW heritage CD “Tales o’ the Clatterin’ Brig and Drumtochty Glen” was launched to a panel of distinguished guests and an invited audience, at the Clatterin’ Brig Restaurant on Monday.

The CD was recorded at a major fundraising live concert held in the restaurant in April.

Monday’s event was planned to coincide with the 53rd anniversary of the official opening of the Clatterin’ Brig on 23rd May 1958.

Kate Somervell of Fettercairn Estate, was one of the guest speakers, as it was her late mother, a cousin of the Queen, who first had the idea of opening a gift shop and restaurant in this beautiful location.

Kate Somervell, has been very supportive of this fund raising heritage project, and has sponsored many aspects of the event.

The double CD will raise funds for Forest View Centre, Stonehaven, a day centre for people with learning disabilities, Jubilee House, a respite and holiday house in Stonehaven, and Auchenblae Primary School.

The whole Project has had tremendous support and sponsorship from local businesses, making this a truly Social Enterprise to benefit the community.

Every pupil at Auchenblae School was involved in a community project to celebrate the history of St Palladius, an early religious cleric, and the Paldy Fair which was named after him.

Five groups of pupils including the nursery children, contributed words and ideas about St Palladius, and along with Dave Ramsay these were set to music, and performed at the successful community event in Auchenblae last October, and recorded at the Clatterin’ Brig as part of the new CD.

Singer/songwriter Dave, from Catterline, has been working on this sixth heritage charity CD for over a year, and in conjunction with Ray Milne presented a showcase of twelve local musicians on the evening, with sixteen new pieces of music, song and poetry about the heritage of the area.

Dave and Ray are both committee members of the Friends of Forest View, a volunteer and support group raising funds to help support the valuable work of the Centre.

This is the first joint fundraising venture between Forest View and Jubilee House, as both have entered into a working Partnership, to promote and provide services for people with learning and other disabilities.

Two songs which were included in the programme, were launched at the same event, on a separate CD and website, to raise funds to support the work of Kathy Gledhill of Roadside of Catterline, and her work with The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue Service.