Mark makes a song and a dance of it for Brooke

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LOCAL entertainer Mark Masson and friends are hosting an evening of live entertainment to raise money for Carnoustie girl Brooke Ramsay.

Eileen Robb, Fraser McGlynn and Colette Dear will be joined by guest vocalist Maggie Findlay and accompanist Alison Hart on November 18.

Mark said: “There will be one or two little surprises on the night, but it will be a mix of different styles of popular music, old and new.

“It’s going to be a good evening’s entertainment with some comedy, but mostly music. We could even have a visit from our own version of the Reverend I.M. Jolly!”

The show starts at 7.30 p.m. in St Thomas’ Church, Arbroath. Tickets are £10 and are on sale now at CM Supplies, the Fobel Shop, direct from Brooke’s Dream or at the door on the night.

Fund-raising has continued apace in the last week, with nearly £5,000 brought in by various events.

On Friday a quiz night in the Strathmore Cricket Club, Forfar, organised by Tayside Police sergeant John Petrie raised £140.

At the beginning of the night a cheque for £1,500 was presented by colleagues of Brooke’s father, Stewart, for a charity trek they made up Ben Nevis.

Stewart said: “Barrie Taylor, a constable from Arbroath, was picked to present the cheque because according to John he was the one closest in size to Brooke! Even the most stern-faced coppers were laughing at that.”

On Saturday Alan Robertson completed a tandem sky dive from 10,000 feet, and in the process it is estimated he picked up £1,500 in sponsorship.

Stewart said this was not Alan’s first brush with danger: “He did a 3,000-foot static line jump a number of years ago, but this was a step up.

“The first 3,000 feet is freefall and then it takes another 1,000 feet to open the parachute fully, but his opened after just 200 feet, leaving him plenty of time to enjoy the view at a more leisurely rate.”

And on Sunday, Linda Cargill swam three miles, or 194 lengths in two hours and 35 minutes of the swimming pool at David Lloyd’s gym at Ethiebaton, Monifieth.

Linda was supported pool-side by Brooke’s grandparents Ray and Susan Cargill, her husband James, Brooke and Amy and their mother Laura. Linda expects to raise £1,300 from this.

Tomorrow (Saturday) a fund-raising zumba class, organised by Steph Robertson will be held at Carnoustie High School between 11.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m.

Tickets are £5 and can be bought from Steph directly or by contacting Brooke’s Dream through their Facebook page.