A flood relief variety concert which was held last week has raised over £7000 to help those who had their homes and businesses destroyed by Storm Frank at the start of the year.
The event, organised by the Rotary Glee Club of Inverurie. took place on Friday, Feburary 19 at the north east community’s town hall.
The concert included performances from Robert Lovie, the Garioch Fiddlers, Inverurie Academy Singers and, of course, The Glee Club.
The rotary members, who organised the fundraiser, said they were delighted with the generous response from the public.
The funds will now be distributed among those who are most in need, in the aftermath of the floods, which swept across Aberdeenshire at the turn of the year.
The concert was predominantly put together by Jim McColl, Roger Langtree and Howard Hughes.
Mr McColl, 80 said: “It was a sell-out a week in advance – every seat in the house was taken!
“I think it was such a success because it was one of those things where people weren’t sure on how they could help, and perhaps felt helpless, so the concert was a great way for people to get involved.
“I hope that, now they learn how much we have raised, they will feel proud of what they helped achieve.
“The concert really demonstrated to me a great level of social cohesion within the community and after the success of the event I am absolutely chuffed.
“And that’s especially because it really was a spontaneous thought – we mentioned it at a rotary meeting – and that was it, we were told to get on with it straight away and the outcome has been fantastic.
Mr Langtree, 74, added: “I have been at the rotary for 33 years and these last four weeks have been my happiest time here, the three of us worked together so well and I think we really achieved something great for our community.
“The event absolutely snowballed and we can’t believe the positive response we have had since the concert, we’ve still got people calling today asking if we can make it an annual thing.”
Mr Hughes, 72, said: “I have been overwhelmed by the support from everyone involved, not just those who bought tickets but the artists who took part as well and to raise £7000 for such a worthy cause is fantastic.”