Youth group celebrating

A Banchory youth group had two reasons to smile recently - a successful Bands Nite and an equally successful grant application for £1,500 to develop further events. Youth Industries supported 45 young people in organising and performing their second bands event in Banchory Town Hall on March 30, attended by over 150 young people.

The 35 members of the five bands attend Banchory Academy and many of them take music as a subject choice. Youth Industries organiser Marion Bolland said: “The band members asked if we could help them to hire the hall. The boys and girls then did a tremendous job organising themselves. They are all very good musicians and this gives them a chance to perform their own style of music. We are now preparing for a fundraising summer cabaret to give other musicians and dancers a chance to perform for a wider audience of adults.”

Guitarist Max Murphy said: “We had an awesome time at bands night and hope everyone who was there enjoyed it.”

The group then heard they were to get £1,500 from the Youth Scotland-managed Cashback for Communities Scheme, a Scottish Government project funded by the proceeds of crime.

Youth Industries organiser Jean Henretty said: “This grant will be used to give other young people in Banchory the chance to play instruments and form their own bands. The existing band members will be asked to tutor others who may not otherwise get a chance to learn. We already have guitars and a drum kit for anyone to use. We would also like to provide training for the sound and light technicians who are very important for the live gigs. I hope that by the end of the year, we will have many more new musicians and supporting crew who will be organising and performing further events.”

Youth Industries is a Banchory & District Initiative (BDI) project which gives young people over 15 years a chance to learn new skills and provides social activities for youngsters in the Banchory area. To help Youth Industries e-mail: