Concert raises funds for Watson-Watt

Music filled Brechin High School’s assembly hall, on Monday, October 22, as parents, public and pupils enjoyed a varied and enjoyable evening of music in aid of the Watson-Watt Society of Brechin.

It is committed to erecting a statue of Sir Robert in St Ninians’ Square and is fund-raising to achieve that goal.

The sculptor is already working on the model that will be used to cast the statue in bronze and every pound raised helps to get them closer to their target.

Brechiners have rallied to the cause in recent months and Monday evening was another shining example of how the local community is helping to raise money for their famous ‘son’.

The Society chairman, Stewart Hill, welcomed everyone to the concert before handing over to the master of ceremonies, Patrick Kinnear.

Sir Robert was a pupil at the old High School and he would have been extremely proud of the pupils who were determined to entertain and help raise some money.

The evening had been organised by the pupils and it was clear that they had been rehearsing hard to ensure the evening went smoothly.

Included in the programme were several accomplished soloists including Gregor O’Neil on bagpipes, Flora Henry with a vocal rendition of ‘Far from the home I love’, Patrick Kinnear on violin and Gabriel Calvert on piano. However the strength of the programme was the combined efforts of all musicians who made the evening so memorable.

Steve Dempsey, the High School Rector, gave a vote of thanks and reminded everyone one that Watson-Watt was just as relevant today as he was during the dark days of the Second World War and that this should be commemorated in his home town.

The Society members organised a well supported raffle with the maquette of the statue on display in the foyer.

The evening raised over £300 and this figure should rise once the final sum is calculated.

A generous donation of £20 was made by a visiting Brechiner from America.

The evening’s entertainment and the generosity of all who attended once again demonstrated that there is a real community feel to this exciting project.

Any one interested in making a donation should visit the website. www.watsonwatt.org or contact the secretary, Brian Mitchell, on 01356 624356, bmitch@mmitch58.wandoo.co.uk or the treasurer, Mike Holland on 01356 624053, jennifermholland@hotmail.com.