Nov 122015

NKF 2015 (2)By Charlie Abel.

The National Karate Federation, Kumite Championships for 2015, held in Aberdeen at Cults Academy, were a great success.
The club had been preparing hard for the event that inspired over 200 people from both Shotokan and Wado to take part.

We were very lucky to have Lady Bruce in attendance as a special guest and she was very pleased to be given the honour of presenting the medals and trophies to the winners.

The day before the competition a referee seminar was held, instructed by Chris Davidson, our own WKC referee and chaired by Ronnie Watt.

Senior members of the NKF squad and executive committee took part and became fully qualified NKF officials for NKF competitions. The club would like to thank them for their hard work and for their assistance in running the competition so efficiently on the following day.

Back on the day when they first entered Ronnie’s dojo, many of the competitors never imagined they’d become karate champions.

NKF 2015 (4)The years of hard training have began to pay off, transforming some of the most unlikely people into confident athletes who have now began to realise the benefit of years of hard training. Karate never fails to inspire those of a certain character and will surprise the humblest of people.

Our Aberdeen club is very proud to have run such a successful tournament off it’s own back with no funding other than the entry fee which helped cover the cost of medals and trophies and hall hire.

This success is, yet again, testament to the hard work put in by the members under the expert eye of Ronnie Watt (8th Dan) OBE ORS who would like to thank the NKF members for their continued dedication to training real karate.

Here are the results:

Men’s Kumite

1st John McInnes
2nd Thomas Phillip
3rd Allrezar Bashar
3rd Craig Russell

Women’s Kumite

1st Chloe Calder
2nd Angela Mcintyre
3rd Carole Kelman
3rd Vivienne Grant

Boys 14-17 Kumite

1st Greg Brimmner
2nd Alasdair Russell
3rd Awi MacDonald

Girls 14-17 Kumite

1st Chelsea Stott
2nd Jack A Lynn Walker
3rd Shannon Morrison

Boys 10-13 Brown/Black

1st Benedict Bruce
2nd Ben Porter
3rd Naman
3rd Andrew Bonner

Girls 10-13 Brown/Black

1st Leah Provan
2nd Leila Adair
3rd Ellie Douglas
3rd Stephanie Ross

Boys 10-13 Kyu

1st Jack Mitchell
2nd Ryan Dreczkowski
3rd Lewis Mcintyre
3rd Nicholas Heny

Girls 10-13 Kyu

1st Megan Hunter
2nd Maggie Pirie
3rd Lauren Lesley

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Nov 122015

Tim Martin of Ramboll Oil & Gas, meets pupils involved in Northsound Schools Energy Challenge.

With thanks to Eoin Smith, Senior Account Executive, Tricker PR.

Pupils from four secondary schools in the north east of Scotland attended the Aberdeen office of global engineering consultancy Ramboll Oil & Gas to take part in a quiz designed to test their knowledge of the energy industry.

Teams from Dyce, Fraserburgh, Inverurie and Hazlehead Academies took part in the quarter finals of the Northsound Energy Schools Challenge, a hotly-contested annual competition for school pupils in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

But those wishing to learn the results of the hard-fought contest will need to tune in to local radio station Northsound One on Sunday, November 29 at 3.30pm.

Ramboll Oil & Gas has sponsored the popular energy industry quiz, run annually by Northsound One, in an effort to encourage young people to consider the energy industry as a career option. This comes after an announcement earlier this year that, despite the challenging economic climate, Ramboll Oil & Gas UK will expand its Aberdeen workforce by up to one third after securing £1.3m worth of new work since the start of the year.

Tim Martin, managing director of Ramboll Oil & Gas UK, says,

“At a time when other firms may not be looking to hire, we are in the very fortunate position to be looking towards expansion. There are still a great many opportunities for those wishing to enter the industry.

“The energy industry offers very rewarding career prospects, and we are delighted to be involved in a competition that fosters an interest in the industry amongst school pupils. Those competing in the Northsound Energy Schools Challenge are the future of the energy industry, and everything should be done to encourage their passion and enthusiasm.

“We were incredibly impressed by the knowledge and professionalism of all of the teams, and regardless of who is the overall winner of the competition I am confident that these pupils have long and successful careers in the energy industry ahead of them.”

The Northsound Energy Schools Challenge is broadcast on Northsound One every Sunday afternoon at 3.30pm.

Ramboll Oil & Gas is a business unit within the Ramboll Group. With more than four decades of experience, the company is a well-established, independent and highly regarded provider of offshore and onshore engineering consultancy services for the oil and gas industry. Today, Ramboll Oil & Gas has offices in the USA, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, India, Denmark, Norway and UK, and employs around 900 specialists.

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Nov 102015

Ronnie Watt and Alain Verbeek By Charlie Abel.

Ronnie Watt’s National Karate Federation have returned from Berk, France where an international open competition was held on the 25th of October 2015.
The competition was hosted by French instructor Alain Verbeek (6th Dan).
Alain’s club trains in the doctrines of Alain’s late instructor, Taiji Kase (9th Dan). Kase is a widely respected Japanese Karate legend.

Our Aberdeen based NKF team did exceptionally well during the competition returning with 4 international medals against some stiff competition which included 1 Gold and 3 Silver – Nissara Kirk taking the Gold and 2 Bronze, and John McInnes taking a Silver.

There were 150 competitors in all so Ronnie and his squad can hold their heads high.

A special training course was held the day before the competition. Participants in the course enjoyed 6 hours of karate training the day before the competition from 4 different karate masters. Participants travelled from around Europe to reach Berck for this rare opportunity with competitors from Germany, Austria, Scotland, France and many from Brittany.

KarateFranceShihan Ronnie Watt (8th Dan) from Aberdeen focused on speed technique to score points in kumite. Sensei Alain Verbeek  (6th dan) demonstrated Kase-ha sparring tactics, using various knife hand attacks in response to an attacker. Sensei Christian Le Romancer (Brittany) demonstrated bunkai and emphasised the importance of Kime (power, focus).

Sensei Dieter Langer (3rd Dan) from Germany demonstrated the structures behind the kata and the importance of form over strength.

Also present was the wife and daughter of Taiji Kase. They will soon publish a much anticipated book detailing the life and legend that was Taiji Kase. Kase was also a frequent visitor to Aberdeen and a close friend of Ronnie Watt.

Alain Verbeek has studied Karate for over 45 years and in this time Ronnie and Alain have become great friends.

At the end of the festival and competition Alain was surprised to receive a Samurai SHOGUN award for his service to karate and promotion of friendship between Scotland and France. The award was given after the closing ceremony of the competition in front of many guests and VIP’s including Chieko Kase (wife) and Sachiko Kase (daughter), the Mayor of Berk and the ambassador of Japan in France, Yoichi Suzuki.

The Auld Alliance is still strong. The NKF would like to thank the French families that hosted the NKF squad and for showing them such great hospitality.


After the tournament Ronnie and his NKF squad were invited to the Berck town hall to be treated to a special civic reception hosted by the Mayor of Berck, a senior MP and other VIPs from the area.

Ronnie was presented with a medal by the Mayor of Berk for promoting friendship and culture between France and Scotland through Karate.

Ronnie was also presented with a very special gift, from the people of Inverness, France.

This was an unexploded world war one shell (pictured right), encased in a special hand made box.

It had been fired into the area where the Scottish soldiers had fought, many giving their lives to fight for the freedom of France in the Great War, 1915.

Ronnie said he was “deeply moved” by this special gift.

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Oct 012015
Marc Davis 3feat

Top amateur Aberdeen snooker player Marc Davis is seeking a sponsor.

With thanks to Esther Green, Tricker PR.

An Aberdeen snooker player is seeking to break into the big time – but fears that without sponsorship he may never achieve his dream.

Marc Davis (27) is ranked 17th in the amateur Order of Merit and has represented his country in international tournaments.

That’s despite working full time, with family commitments and not currently having the backing of a sponsor to help support his attendance at snooker events.

Marc says that not having a sponsor to back him is seriously impeding his chance to progress.

He feels he has a lot more to offer and with more time to devote to practise, and being able to take part in more tournaments, he could develop and grow as a player – and put Aberdeen on the snooker sporting map.

Having funding to compete in the World Snooker European Tour, qualifying schools and open events would be a dream come true for Marc.

He says:

“Last season I finished 17th on the amateur Order of Merit rankings and I was the highest placed Scottish player ahead of Eden Sherav and Rhys Clark, who turned pro in the summer, and Scottish champion Dylan Craig.

“I beat some full-time players including the world number 70 which I think shows I have the ability to compete against the best players.”

The father-of-two works full time as a customer services manager in Aberdeen. Holding down a full time job to cover living expenses means that Marc doesn’t have the flexibility – or the funds – to travel to most of the national and European snooker events.

Marc says he’s not alone in finding it hard to secure sponsorship, adding that it is and it is tough for sportspeople in all disciplines to gain backing to allow them to train, develop and grow their talent.

He recognises that the current slump in the oil industry means that are less sponsorship deals being made available but points out that sporting achievement can derive wider benefits for an area.

He cites golfer Paul Lawrie as being a tremendous ambassador for sport in the North-east, showing what sporting success can bring.

Through the Paul Lawrie Foundation, the 1999 Open champion works to encourage and develop young talent.

Marc says:

“It’s my ambition to compete at the highest level of snooker and I believe that, with sponsorship support, I can do this.

“It would be amazing to get three year sponsorship but any support would be extremely welcome.

“Lacking sponsorship is holding me back from doing better things and it’s quite incredible how well I do in tournaments considering I don’t practice as much so go to events less prepared than others yet still get results.

“I’ve worked hard for 15 years to get to this standard and I just want to be able to compete and achieve my very best.”

Marc would love to hear from anyone interested in discussing sponsorship opportunities and can be contacted at or 077602 46618.

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Sep 252015
Paul Rae and Garry Seagraves

Paul Rae accepts the Jocky Scott Trophy for Entertainment from Aberdeen Magical Society president Garry Seagraves.

With thanks to Aberdeen Magical Society.

A local magician is celebrating after winning a highly competitive magic contest. Paul Rae was awarded the Jocky Scott Trophy for Entertainment by members of the Aberdeen Magical Society.

The trophy was presented by president Garry Seagraves after a close competition on Tuesday, September 22.

To fight off tough competition from four other local magicians, Paul performed a unique routine in which he predicted the outcome of a superheroic battle to pick up the trophy, which is awarded for pure entertainment value.

Paul says,

“I am almost speechless. I really never expected to win. I have been playing about with this idea for a while, as I wanted to create something that was interactive and fun with lots of laughs.”

The Jocky Scott Trophy for Entertainment, named after a popular former member of the society, is one of three annual competitions held by Aberdeen Magical Society, and was first awarded in 1985. Judged by a panel of magicians and invited members of the public, the award is given to the competitor who – simply – is the most entertaining.

Aberdeen Magical Society was founded in 1926, and is one of the most active magical societies in the country. With a membership ranging from full time professionals to amateur hobbyists, all those with a genuine interest in magic are welcome to join. Providing a warm and welcoming environment for magicians in the north east of Scotland, Aberdeen Magical Society is dedicated to developing the art of magic. In 2016, the society will celebrate its 90th anniversary.

For more information, visit or like Aberdeen Magical Society on Facebook at

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Jul 162015

With thanks to Ian McLaren, PR account manager, Innes Associates.

Michele Binnie and Courage the Cat launch the Scottish Bed Making Championship

Cash for Kids’ Michele Binnie and charity mascot Courage the Cat launch the Scottish Bed Making Championship at Village Urban Resort

Hospital corners will be the order of the day when a new competition is held in Aberdeen next month. The city is to play host to the inaugural Scottish Bed Making Championship on Thursday, 06 August.

The brainchild of local children’s charity Cash for Kids, the event forms part of its fundraising efforts for this year’s Bed Appeal.

The appeal, which officially launched earlier this month, aims to provide underprivileged children in north-east Scotland with a bed of their own and local disabled youngsters with specialist beds.

The charity hopes this year’s Bed Appeal will raise around £25,000 to purchase beds for more than 100 local underprivileged and disabled children.

The Scottish Bed Making Championship will be staged at Kingswells’ Village Urban Resort and is expected to attract entries from hotels, guest houses, care providers and hospitals in north-east Scotland.

Teams of four will be challenged to make a double bed – fitting sheets, pillow slips and duvet covers – as quickly as possible, before then making a bed which will be judged on its presentation. Points will be awarded for each task, with the two highest scoring teams then taking part in a bed race to be crowned Scottish Bed Making Champions.  The winners will also win a corporate bowling night courtesy of Codona’s.

Cash for Kids charity manager Michele Binnie said:

“We are very excited to be launching the Scottish Bed Making Championship, which will be an important part of the 2015 Bed Appeal. The appeal highlights the issues of poverty and disability that families here in the north-east are facing.

“The championship is open to any team that wants to show off its bed making prowess, whether they’re from the hospitality and care industries or another sector entirely. Cash for Kids is grateful to Village Urban Resort Aberdeen for getting behind the event and we look forward to a great evening on Thursday, 06 August.”

Tracy Harrison, general manager of Village Urban Resort Aberdeen, said:

“The Scottish Bed Making Championship is a fantastic initiative to raise funds for this important appeal. It gives housekeeping teams in hotels and guest houses, and nursing and care staff a chance to shine at something they have to do proficiently and speedily each day.

“The championship is not just about making a bed quickly, but also presenting it well. The judges will be looking for crisp hospital corners and well plumped pillows. It will no doubt be a fun and competitive event, and one that we hope our hospitality colleagues across the north-east, and further afield, will get behind.”

Entry to the Scottish Bed Making Championship costs £100 for a team of four people, all of which goes directly to the Bed Appeal. Anyone interested in entering a team should contact Michele Binnie on 01224 337010 or, or register online at

Cash for Kids is Northsound Radio’s listeners’ charity. It makes grants to individuals, families, children’s groups, organisations and projects throughout the Northsound transmission area. All money is raised locally and spent locally to benefit local disabled and disadvantaged children and young people under 18. More information on Cash for Kids can be found at, or telephone 01224 337010.

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May 292015

With thanks to Ian McLaren, Innes Associates. Pictures: JN Photography.

Amie Flett and Megan O’Brien, both 15, Bridge of Don.  Credit JN Photography

Amie Flett and Megan O’Brien, both 15, Bridge of Don. Credit JN Photography

Excitement is building for the north-east’s largest youth singing contest, ahead of this Saturday’s grand final.
The NEX Factor singing competition, sponsored by Apex Industrial Chemicals and RSL NDT, highlights the most promising music stars between the ages of 13 and 19 from across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray.

Twelve talented teenage acts will line up in the final at the Thainstone Exchange, Inverurie on Saturday, 30 May 2015, with all funds raised going to Aberdeen-based charity Cash for Kids.

Over 100 youngsters applied and through a series of auditions the judges whittled the field down to the final 12 acts – 11 soloists and one duo – to vie for the 2015 NEX Factor title and win a fantastic first prize.

This year’s winning act will receive £1,000 in prize money, a session at a recording studio, a personal art portrait, plus an amazing day out in London with world-renowned music artist Emeli Sandé, Aberdeenshire’s most successful pop star.

The 28-year-old multi Brit Award winning singer songwriter, who has had three number one singles in the UK, was keen to give her time to the winner of the NEX Factor after hearing about the competition’s charitable contributions. Each entrant was asked to donate £5 to Cash for Kids to help support local young people of a similar age who are ill, disabled or disadvantaged.

This year the NEX Factor also attracted interest from the X Factor production team who asked event organisers for talent recommendations for the hit Saturday night show.

Around 700 people are expected to pack into the Thainstone Exchange for Saturday’s final with the audience voting for the winner. Tickets are selling quickly, and all proceeds from the contest will go to Cash for Kids, which raises money for the welfare of local young people under the age of 18 living in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Competition organiser, Yasmeen Ali, said:

“This year’s NEX Factor final is set to be a fantastic event. The finalists are of an extremely high standard.  Regardless of who triumphs on the night, all of the finalists have done really well to get to this stage and I’m sure have very bright futures ahead of them. Those in the audience on the 30th will have a difficult job selecting the winner, but in years to come they can say they helped put these youngsters on the road to stardom.

“NEX Factor is a community event that benefits those in needs and encourages charitable giving in children. It’s for the kids, by the kids. We hope to raise a large amount to allow Cash for Kids to continue its incredible work.  There is a lot of excitement amongst the finalists about the prospect of a day out in London with Emeli Sandé, and we can’t thank her enough for her involvement.”

Kyle MacRitchie, 14, Inverurie.  Credit JN Photography

This year, all but one of the finalists is female.

Each finalist will perform two songs chosen by themselves and they will line-up on stage in the following order: 18-year-old Courtney Murphy from Mintlaw; Tammi Whyte, 15, from Aberdeen; 17-year-old Alannah Moar from Laurencekirk; Banchory’s Anna-Louise Barton, aged 16; 14-year-old Kyle MacRitchie from Inverurie; Megan Williams, 17, from Dufftown; Rebecca Henderson, 16, from Kennethmont; Bucksburn’s Rachel Brechin, aged 18; 16-year-old Bambie from Inverurie; Talitha Brown, 17, from Aberchirder; 15-year-old duo Amie Flett from Bridge of Don and Megan O’Brien from Balmedie; and Iona Fyfe, 17, from Huntly.

Tickets for the NEX Factor final are priced at £15 per person and can be purchased via the Cash for Kids website at

Cash for Kids’ Michelle Ferguson said:

“There is a lot of talent in the NEX Factor final and I’d like to wish all the finalists the best of luck.  This brilliant initiative is shaping up to be a great night out for everyone who attends and their contribution to the event will help to make a huge difference to the lives of children in the local area.”

Cash for Kids is Northsound Radio’s listeners’ charity.  It makes grants to individuals, families, children’s groups, organisations and projects throughout the Northsound transmission area.  All money is raised locally and spent locally to benefit local disabled and disadvantaged children and young people under 18.  More information on Cash for Kids can be found at, or telephone 01224 337010.

May 222015

PAUL LAWRIE & HARVEY SMITH004With thanks to Dave Macdermid.

Local organisation h-events has been appointed as the exclusive official hospitality agent for the inaugural Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play which will take place at Murcar Links this summer.

The prestigious European Tour event takes place between Thursday 30th July and Sunday 2nd August and, with a prize fund of €1 million, will feature 64 leading players on The Race to Dubai in a straight knockout match play contest.

Open winner Paul commented:

“h-events has been successfully delivering excellent hospitality and entertainment packages to the business community of Aberdeen and the north east of Scotland for many years. I’m delighted to have them as an Official Sales Partner of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play because of their knowledge and experience of the marketplace.”

Harvey Smith, Managing Director at h-events, added:

“We are really pleased to be playing our part in what we believe will be a great event. Aberdeen is fast becoming an aspirational golfing destination and Paul Lawrie, ably supported by Saltire Energy, has done a brilliant job in attracting another major European Tour event to the Granite City.

“Following on from the very successful Scottish Open last year, the short stretch of North Sea courses from Royal Aberdeen to Murcar and on to Trump International ensures that Aberdeen and the north east of Scotland boasts some of the best courses anywhere in the United Kingdom.”

Further information and corporate enquiries can be made by telephoning 01330 826514 or by emailing .

Event website:
Facebook: Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play
Twitter: @PLMatchplay


Apr 102015

Thousands of spectators don fancy dress for the Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens, but what does your costume say about you? With thanks to Eoin Smith, Tricker PR.

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Bo Peep will have the most outgoing personality in their group of friends. The sheep go with the flow.

Watch any sporting event up and down the country and you will see hundreds of people arrive dressed up as fantastical creatures, fictional characters and terrifying ghouls with the aim of shedding their inhibitions and having a good time.
From 26 mile marathons and fun runs to premiership football and rugby sevens, wearing anything remotely normal is often actively discouraged.

In fact, fancy dress has become such a big part of sporting events that many fancy dress shops have clothing lines specifically for sport fans.

The Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens is renowned for its annual fancy dress themes and creative regulars working year round to find the best costume and out-do the competition. And with unlimited costume options available to the budding reveller – what does a costume say about its wearer?


Dressing as an astronaut or an alien is the perfect choice for someone with high aspirations in life.

They seek the respect of their peers by dressing up as genuine national heroes who are routinely blasted into space.

Quite often these dressers-up are likely to have been fans of Blue Peter as children, with tin foil, lampshades and even the odd scrap of sticky-back plastic making an appearance in their often-DIY costumes.

Little Bo Peep and her Sheep

Group costumes are always popular as they bring with them a sense of belonging and togetherness. With this particular group, there is a very clear leader: often Bo Peep will have the most outgoing personality in their group of friends, and the sheep will be those that are happy to go with the flow. Or, in the case of an all-male group, Bo Peep might just have been the one most eager to put on a dress.


Animals 2Dressing as an animal depicts your innermost desires and instincts, stripping your personality back to its most primal attributes.

A fierce jungle animal, like a lion or tiger, can reveal a feisty outgoing personality, ready to pounce on any opportunity presented.

Likewise, someone who dresses as a mouse or a rabbit is likely to be a bit quieter and more considered… or at least wants to appear to be!


Some food costumes are designed to tie in to a particular brand while popular choices – like bananas and carrots – appear to promote a healthy eating regime. Whatever choice is made, the food costume is designed to show how quirky and individual the wearer is while in reality they can look more fast food than haute cuisine.


Everyone loves to be a hero, and with the rise of geek chic the superhero costume is definitely in fashion. Dressing like a comic book hero can be empowering – making the wearer feel like they have unlimited potential just waiting to be unleashed. But the superhero costume is a double edged sword – pick one too common and you might not be the only Spiderman at the games, pick one to obscure and you could end up as the Bananaman sitting on his own in the corner!

Historical Figures

Someone who likes to show off their intelligence might like to dress as an important figure from history. Dressing like one of humanity’s greatest thinkers is a sure-fire way of displaying just how cultured and learned you are – or at least how cultured and learned you think you are. And for those on a budget or in a rush, history provides a quick fancy dress fix – simply wrap a sheet around your body and you’re instantly transported back to Ancient Rome.

Rugby fan Gaby O’Leary loves to dress up for matches, and her Welsh daffodil costume has become well recognised at games across the UK – she even once zip-wired into Wembley Stadium wearing her rugby jersey and Daffodil head (under her crash helmet of course).

Gaby says,

“I really enjoy dressing up for rugby matches as there is a real sense of camaraderie before, during and after the match. There is always friendly banter with the opposition’s fans, and recognition and solidarity from people in similar costumes. I think that camaraderie also extends to fans who don’t dress up as the excitement and fun factor of the crazier outfits never fails to start a contagious smile amongst all rugby fans.

“It’s a really positive social aspect of attending rugby matches – even if your team loses!”

SpacemenWith a long tradition of fancy dress, the Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens holds a fancy dress competition each year.

As an added bonus, the Melrose Sevens tournament last year commissioned its own tartan designed by Bordernet and produced by Lochcarron of Scotland.

Featuring a yellow and white stripe on a black background, the tartan colours are inspired by the Melrose Rugby Football Club strip and fans are encouraged to incorporate this into their costumes.

Douglas Hardie, Marketing Convenor of Melrose RFC, says,

“Each year we are astounded by the creativity and inventiveness of those who dress up, so we can’t wait to see the costume designs the fans will produce for our 125th tournament this April.”

The world’s oldest – and most famous – rugby sevens tournament, the Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens, takes place for the 125th time on Saturday 11th April 2015. The home of rugby sevens, the game was founded in Melrose in 1883. Teams from across Scotland will compete on the pitch, alongside international teams, for the Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens Ladies Centenary Trophy.

For more information on the Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens visit, like the tournament on Facebook at or follow updates on Twitter @melrosevens.

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Apr 102015

By Duncan Harley.

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Jennifer Shaw, as Dolly Parton, wins ‘Inverurie Stars in their Eyes 2015’ at Inverurie Town Hall.

As the dust settles on Inverurie Stars in their Eyes 2015, Dan Greavey and colleague Alison Sandison of  Right Here Productions put out a big thank you to everyone who helped out in any way whatsoever!

The acts, sponsors, bar staff, judges, technical, John the hall-keeper, the dancers and last but not least the audience members were, they said “magnificent” this year.

The Archie Foundation, the Junior Diabetes Research Fund, Westhill SensationAll and Gaitherin 2015 will all benefit to the combined tune of well over £2649-50.

Judges Callum Bell, Leigh Ryrie and and Keith Ross plus almost the entire studio audience voted Dolly Parton outright winner at the Easter Saturday sell out event. In the guise of 26 year old Jennifer Shaw, Dolly easily beat off stiff competition from the likes of Elvis and David Bowie.

As_the_bar_runs_dry_Bowie_mixes with the audienceThe Garioch’s very own genuine Elvis Presley (Stuart Faskin), Kintore’s favourite Jarvis Cocker (James Allan), Dyce born virtuoso Norah Jones (Cath McPherson), phantom singer Sarah Brightman (Valerie Chapman) and the unequivocal star man David Bowie (James Pritchard) – goodness that was a mouthful – simply weren’t up to the famously busty winners standard as Dolly’s 1974 country hit ‘Jolene’ almost literally brought the house down.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house and as the raffle tickets ran out and the bar ran dry, a guid’ night was had by one and all.

At least that’s what they told me to write.

In truth of course this was a charity fundraiser like no other.

As last years winner Will Young (Jordon Abberly) said towards the end “And it feels like jealousy, and it feels like I can’t breathe, and I’m down on my knees, and it feels like jealousy, can I get my cheque now please?”

Inverurie’s very own Stars In Your Eyes Master of Ceremonies Mathew Kelly, known locally as Dan Greavey will be – ahem – “sending out the cheques shortly.”

Images and words © Duncan Harley

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