THE ANGUS Provost has written a personal apology to a Carnoustie band which was caught up in a row over Tartan Day celebrations, writes Jennifer Newton.
Ruth Leslie Melville made the apology to Blazin’ Brass, comprising members of Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band, after they were overlooked to entertain at this year’s April 6 celebrations in the Carnoustie Golf Hotel.
Instead Angus Council is spending £3,000 for a 30-minute set by the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, which caused Montrose councillor Mark Salmond to quit the group organising the dinner.
It was suggested that Blazin’ Brass should have been booked instead but were apparently deemed “inappropriate” by other councillors and local authority officials.
But now the Provost says she has apologised to the group and added that they are superb ambassadors for Angus.
She explained: “ It is very disappointing that the award winning local group, Blazin’ Brass, has been dragged into this disagreement.
“I have written to the group to offer my personal apologies for the unwelcome attention they have had to endure as a result.
“Contrary to what has been reported, everyone agrees that Blazin’ Brass are superb young musicians who are excellent ambassadors for Angus.
“The council is extremely proud of the group, which is why they have performed at a number of council events, most recently at the Angus Ambassador Awards in November.
“They are among a host of performers, professional and amateur, who have taken part in our events over the years, showcasing the very best of Scotland’s talent to local, national and international audiences.”