Literary carols’ night a boost for Braemar

Buff Hardie was one of the invited guests
Buff Hardie was one of the invited guests

A literary carol concert has raised £1500 for Braemar’s St Margaret’s Arts Project.

Around 200 people crowded into Crathie Church to enjoy the event organised by Yeadon’s Bookshop in Banchory.

Manager Vicky Dawson said: “The idea was inspired by Kate Adie when she did a book signing here and we decided to have a local version of these London events.”

Well known North-east journalists Jack Webster and Norman Harper were joined by local celebrities Buff Hardie, Robbie Shepherd and Robert Lovie telling stories of Christmas selected or written by themselves.

Yeadon’s poet in residence, Liverpool born Eddie Gibbons, had the audience laughing as he recited some of his own poems including The Christmas Shopping Forecast.

Ellie Maclaren from Braemar and the Aboyne Academy Choir provided the music and Captain Tim Towler of the Black Watch concluded the programme with an army prayer. The audience also learned about the history of St Margaret’s Church, its architect Sir John Ninian Comper and the plans that the project team in Braemar have for the development of the building and its transformation into a hub for arts and culture related activities in upper Deeside. After the concert mulled wine and mincemeat pies were provided and there was a book signing at Balmoral Castle.