Charity of the year

Pictured from left are: Yvonne Ritchiem managing director of Brechin Castle Centre, Erinne Black, trainee drummer for the pipeband and Kath McAndrew, pipeband secretary.
Pictured from left are: Yvonne Ritchiem managing director of Brechin Castle Centre, Erinne Black, trainee drummer for the pipeband and Kath McAndrew, pipeband secretary.

Brechin Castle Centre has announced the charity it has chosen to support for the coming year.

Brechin Castle Garden Centre sent out an appeal for charitable organisations, within a 30-mile radius is Angus, to apply to be its charity for the year.

This year the castle centre chose the MacDonald Energy City of Brechin Pipe Band as the charity of the year and will now work in conjunction with the pipe band to raise funds.

Yvonne Ritchie, managing director of the Brechin Castle Centre, explained: “We received a massive response to our appeal making it a very difficult to decide which charity to use.

“This year we opted for the pipe band as our charity of choice but we will be going through the same process next year to allow another charity to reap the rewards of the work that we do at the castle centre.”

The MacDonald Energy City of Brechin Pipe Band will be use all monies raised to help fund instruments and kit for the younger members of the pipe band.

“We have 75 registered members between two bands,” explains a band spokesperson.

“Members rely on tuition four times a week and we have just got back from Crieff with fantastic results.

“As part of being a band we travel a lot and this costs us £5000 a year. We have travelled to places such as Dumbarton, Annan, Glasgow, Cowell and will soon finish the season in Pitlochry on September 10.

“Money will be used to allow the younger members of the band, aged from nine, to get the opportunity to get a shot of the instruments as well as being provided with kit the may require.”

One of the main aims of the band is to encourage the playing of pipes and drums by providing free tuition to local youngsters. This ensures a steady flow of talented players for the future.

The MacDonald Energy City of Brechin Pipe Band will be playing at the Brechin Castle Centre’s firework night display on November 4 as well as various other events over the year.