Mearns restaurant to be transformed into recording studio for special fundraising event

DAVE Ramsay and Ray Milne.

DAVE Ramsay and Ray Milne.

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A MAJOR fund raising live concert and recording will take place at the Mearns restaurant later this month.

Local singer/songwriter Dave Ramsay from Catterline has been working on the project for over a year, and, in conjunction with Ray Milne, will present a showcase of 15 local musicians on April 21.

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

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.

Claire Will, Manager of Forest View Centre said: “This will be another excellent boost for the Centre, by the work of the newly formed Friends of Forest View, in supporting services users in educational, social, leisure, learning and work opportunities.

“It is timely also that our next two year Partnership Project - A Mearns Heritage - is poised to commence, and again this will involve our service users across the Mearns, in research and heritage activity.

“It is this kind of community involvement and joint engagement with Jubilee House, which will enable us to continue to provide a high quality day service for people with learning disabilities.”

This is the first joint fundraising venture between Forest View and Jubilee House, as both provide services for people with learning and other disabilities.

Auchenblae Primary pupils were recently involved in a local community project with Dave 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 which were set to music, and performed at the successful community event in the village last October.

“Tales o’ the Clatterin’ Brig and Drumtochty Glen” is both the title of the concert and the CD, which will include 16 new pieces of work, which have been specially researched and written for the event.

Two songs included in the programme, will be released separately, to raise funds to support the work of Kathy Gledhill of Roadside of Catterline, and her work with The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue.

The Clatterin’ Brig Restaurant will be transformed into a recording studio on the evening, and the CD will be launched there, on May 23 to a group of distinguished guests, and an invited audience.

This will also be a special occasion, celebrating 53 years since the Clatterin’ Brig was opened by Prince Georg of Denmark on May 23, 1958.

Kate Somervell, Fettercairn Estate, has been very supportive of this fund raising heritage project, as it was Kate’s mother, a cousin of the Queen, who first had the idea of opening a restaurant and gift shop in this beautiful location.

It promises to be an entertaining and memorable evening, with the very best of young musicians and local entertainers.

Tickets priced £12 including a stovie supper, are now available from The Shell Hoosie, Stonehaven; Metelski’s Store, Auchenblae; The Fettery Shoppe, Fetterecairn; Clatterin’ Brig Restaurant; Auchenblae School and Forest View Centre.