Grumpies raise a smile for charity

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A CARNOUSTIE social group proved their bark was worse than their bite recently when they held a family fun day.

The Aboukir Grumpies’ Family Garden Party had over 70 people turn out last Sunday to enjoy the music and the atmosphere.

The open mic session was particularly popular, with both well-known and up and coming local musicians appearing to perform a range of tunes, introduced by compere and organiser Grant Barclay.

Among the acts were the duos of vocalist Ross Smyth and Andy Gilbride on guitar and piano and later piper Craig Weir and guitarist Ross White.

Wednesday night session group ‘Aff the Cuff’ members Bob Doig, Jim Duke and Ian Hunter played a variety of folk and traditional songs, while singer-guitarist Paul Coffield, accompanied on piano by Andy Gilbride, performed a selection of upbeat modern classics.

Chairman of the Aboukir Grumpies Bill Scorgie gave children rides on his vintage model car, Carnoustie Girl Guides did face painting and treasurer Neil Foston organised a silent auction and a lucky dip.

Entry was free, but donations and takings from the auction raised £100 which will be presented to the recently formed Carnoustie Befrienders.

The Grumpies meet for an hour every Monday at 5 p.m. for a pre-dinner drink and a humorous moan on the events of the previous week. New members are always welcome to come along and take part in the fun.