Bothy Ballad “king” back on the local stage

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Bothy ballad “king”, Hector Riddell from Finzean, will head up a galaxy of local talent at Banchory Rotary Club’s senior citizens’ concert.

The concert, held every two years, will take place in the Scout Hall, Dee Street, Banchory, on Sunday, March 15, from 2 4.30pm.

Rotary past-president, George Sinclair, who is chairman of the organising committee, said: “The concert is always greatly enjoyed by the senior citizens of Banchory and surrounding area.

‘‘It is a wonderful afternoon of music, singing and story-telling.

“We are greatly indebted to all the local artists who are giving up their Sunday afternoon to provide the entertainment which is always greatly appreciated by all those attending.”

In addition to Mr Riddell, who is the current holder of the Macallan Porridge Bowl and Spurtle as winner of the 33rd annual Bothy Ballad Champion of Champions event at Elgin last month, entertainment will be provided by the Banchory Accordian and Fiddle Club, Banchory Strathspey and Reel Society, Coutts School of Dancing, the Singing Ladies, melodeon player, Fred Davison, and fiddler, Heather Anderson, and her two daughters, Eilidh and Rhiann.

Admission is free and all senior citizens are invited to attend. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served during the interval.