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Laughter lunch is a roaring success

A fundraising auction was held by the Kinloch Project in the Royal British Legion Carnoustie on Sunday. Paul Reid and Jim Leishman were the two special guests at the event. Pictured are, from left - Mr Reid, Mr Leishman, John Knox MC and Peter Murphy from the project.

A fundraising auction was held by the Kinloch Project in the Royal British Legion Carnoustie on Sunday. Paul Reid and Jim Leishman were the two special guests at the event. Pictured are, from left - Mr Reid, Mr Leishman, John Knox MC and Peter Murphy from the project.

THE KINLOCH Centre Project’s biggest ever fund-raiser has seen them laughing all the way to the bank.

On Sunday, the group held its first ever Laughter Lunch in Carnoustie’s Royal British Legion Scotland, featuring football legend and Provost of Fife Jim Leishman and local comedian and impersonator Paul Reid as speakers.

And with over 100 people attending the event, the huge sum of £2,500 was raised for the Kinloch Centre Project which is aiming to provide a community hub on the site of the former Kinloch School.

At the event, John Knox acted as MC and those attending were treated to a two-course lunch before a raffle was drawn.

‘Big Leish’, a former manager and player and now director of football with Dunfermline Athletic, then entertained with various stories from his time as a footballer right through to the present day.

An auction, which included several items donated by Dundee United Football Club and a signed Wayne Rooney photograph took place with Rodger Brunton as auctioneer.

Local comedian Paul Reid then entertained with jokes and impressions of figures from the footballing world.

And the afternoon was rounded off with a vote of thanks given by Councillor Brian Boyd.

Peter Murphy, chair of the Kinloch Centre Project told the Guide & Gazette he was delighted with the success of the event.

He said: “We estimate that around £2,500 was raised and it is our biggest single fund-raiser to date.

“Everybody really seemed to enjoy it and there were some excellent speakers.

“We are tempted to do another similar event but that will be next year now.”

The project was then further boosted on Monday evening when a quiz night was held in the Kinloch Arms and another £250 was added to the pot.

And Mr Murphy added: “It was another successful night and it was nice to see two teams of sixth formers from Carnoustie High School also take part.

“It has been a good two days for the project and it is very pleasing for us.”

Angus Council has already contributed funds to the project and a site has been provided next to the old Kinloch School.

 

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