Major fund-raiser for Kinloch Centre

The Irish dancers rehersing their steps for the Kinloch Project in the Forbes School of Dance on Friday evening.
The Irish dancers rehersing their steps for the Kinloch Project in the Forbes School of Dance on Friday evening.

THE KINLOCH Centre Project is set to host its first major fund-raiser of 2013.

A ceilidh will be held in the Carnoustie Golf Hotel on Friday, February 22, and will feature entertainment from various local groups.

It is hoped the ceilidh will follow on from last year’s ‘Laughter Lunch’, which also raised cash for the project, members of which are trying to gather the necessary funds to build a community hub on the site of the former Kinloch Primary School.

Already lined up for the latest event are ‘Aff the Cuff’ with John Knox, Gleadhraich Celtic Rock, piper Ross Murray and the Barrack Brothers. The compere will be Rodger Brunton.

Dancers from the Fiona Forbes Dance Academy will also be entertaining as well as a special guest, in the form of the Queen’s former piper Derek Potter.

Derek from Dundee attended Whitfield High School in the city at the same time as Kinloch Centre Project chairman Peter Murphy was head teacher.

He led the pipes and drums at the funeral of the Queen Mother and in 2007 became the first ever pipe major to sign a £1 million contract with Universal Records.

In 2008 he became the Queen’s personal piper, a post he stayed in until last month when he retired from the army.

Project leader, Mr Murphy said: “I’m sure the ceilidh will be a great event and it is a great honour to have Derek Potter play for us.

“We are always looking at ideas for fund-raising events that we hope will capture the public’s imagination.

“We have had many successful race nights and pub quizzes and we hope we can hold another big event by the end of the year.”

Mr Murphy added that the Kinloch Centre Project is going through something of a relaunch at the minute as the group focuses on securing funding.

But he is grateful for the support the group receives from the people of Carnoustie as there are already 400 friends of the project.

He added: “We are looking at alternative routes of funding but it would be nice if a local benefactor would be able to help us.”

Tickets for the ceilidh at the Golf Hotel cost £15, including stovies and traybakes, and are available from the Fobel Shop and Angus Trophy Centre.