Skateraw fundraising concert a sell-out

A CONCERT held last week in Newtonhill to raise funds for Skateraw Hall was the most successful concert held there in years, raising £800 towards new windows for the historic hall.

The event, which took place last Friday evening, was a complete sell-out, and such a success that organisers intend to make it an annual fixture in the village calendar.

Peter Hall, who helped to organise the concert, said that this one was special as it was in memory of Dr Michael Tunstall, a hugely respected Newtonhill citizen who died recently.

Mr Hall said: “The concert was in memory of Mike and the tickets went like hotcakes. It was a wonderful night and the music was fantastic.”

A team of volunteers are committed to raising funds to pay for the general upkeep of the hall, which was opened in 1809. Mr Hall said: “It is such a lovely hall. We feel very strongly about preserving the memory of it as it is such a vital part of our community.”

The hall was gifted to the villagers of Newtonhill in 1890 from the Laird, as a meeting place and reading rooms for the fisherfolk of Skateraw. Pine lined as homes and bothies were in those days, the hall was run by a management committee of villagers, as is still the case today.

The Skateraw Hall, which is located in the old part of the village, is available to villagers to rent for meetings, toddler groups, fundraising events and social functions. Fore more information contact Betty McKenzie on (01569) 730410.