Colliston ceilidh pays the pipers!

Eck Whitton (left) presenting the cheque to Sheena Smeaton.
Eck Whitton (left) presenting the cheque to Sheena Smeaton.

A generous contribution from Colliston residents has given the Arbroath Royal British Legion Scotland Pipe Band a welcome boost to their kilt fund.

A cheque for £300 was presented to the pipers by the organisers of the Colliston Village Hogmanay Ceilidh and the money will go towards buying new kilts in the Red Lichtie tartan.

The ceilidh is well supported by villagers and their friends. Eck Whitton from the Colliston Village Hogmanay Ceilidh Group said: “We are delighted to be able to give the pipe band the proceeds of our raffle towards their ‘kilt fund’. It’s great to be able to support them in some way.”

Accepting the cheque on behalf of the pipe band was Sheena Smeaton. She said: “The band is very grateful for the generosity of the people of Arbroath and surrounding area in supporting our endeavours to raise money to enable us to purchase new kilts of ‘Red Lichtie’ tartan.

“So many local groups and individuals have given us fantastic support and we are coming close to reaching our target figure. The band hope to have the kilts in the next few months and we are looking forward to wearing our town’s tartan with pride when we play at local events and competitions across the country.”

The Red Lichtie tartan was unveiled in 2012 by Arbroath graphic designer and ‘Tartan Artisan’ Steven Patrick Sim. If anyone would like to donate to the kilt fund, please contact secretary Morag McKenzie, C/O Arbroath Royal British Legion clubrooms, Helen Street, Arbroath, or call 01241 873964.