Dark Islanders donate

Photo shows Dark Island band members at the band AGM, left to right:  Charlie West, Angie Bolt, Flora Douglas, Maurice Henderson, Lynn Middleton, Cathy Simpson and Caroline Clark
Photo shows Dark Island band members at the band AGM, left to right: Charlie West, Angie Bolt, Flora Douglas, Maurice Henderson, Lynn Middleton, Cathy Simpson and Caroline Clark

A Deeside Ceilidh band has just donated thousands of pounds to a number of local and national charities and worthy causes.

The Dark Island Ceilidh Band split the £2,563 between the Royal Deeside Railway, CLAN Cancer Support, Mental Health Aberdeen, Maggie’s Centre, Friends of Anchor, the Bucksburn & District Pipe Band, the Gordon Gaitherin, Bloodwise and Ethiopiaid.

Each charity was picked by a different member of the band, with some choosing to split their share between multiple charities.

Cathy Simpson, who lives in Kirkton of Durris and plays the mandolin, chose to donate her share to the Royal Deeside Railway. She said: “I think I chose them after they had that horrible problem with the vandalism and their carriages.

“I thought it would be a nice local cause to donate my share of the money to.”

The band is part of the Dark Island Trust, which was created over 15 years ago in order to promote traditional performing Scottish arts by providing opportunities for new artists to perform in public.

Current band members are from all over Deeside, Donside, the Mearns and Inverurie.

This year, the band have played a number of fund-raising ceildihs and weddings, including the Aboyne Summer Ball. They also performed for the Finzean Friendship Club, which they do on an annual basis.

And they’re making a busy start to the year, playing three ceilidhs in January beginning with an estate workers party.