A BRECHIN band’s reunion after 30 years gave a boost to the Brechin Health Centre, who received a cheque for £2,114 on Friday.
Peanuts, a popular local band from the 1970s and early ‘80s, performed a fund-raising concert at the Nova on Saturday, November 17, when they were joined on the night by KJB, Dreamtime, Eddie McNaughton, Fiona Knowles and Lisa Rose, Neil Wishart (Nosmo Blues).
Band members Ian Stewart, John Roft, Charlie Wishart, Ian Moffat, chose to fund raise for the Health Centre following the illness of a band member as well as a member of one of the bands who joined forces with them.
“Initially it was because one of the band members was unwell,” explained Elaine Roft, spokesperson for the band.
“We chose the Brechin Health Centre because we are all using it for our medical needs.”
Money was raised through the sales of tickets, a raffle and the auction of a special edition Peanuts and KJB T-shirt, embroidered and donated by Janice Stewart by Notions of Brechin, which went for £65.
This will go towards the purchase of items not funded by the NHS such a nebulisers and blood pressure monitors.
The event would not have been possible without the hard work and help of the following people: Elaine Roft - photographer, admin and content manager; Ian Stewart, John Roft, Charlie Wishart, Ian Moffat, Fiona Knowles - organisers; Amanda Smith of The Park Bar - venue’s decoration; Brian McLeish - compere; Lenny Bisset - Doorman; Linda Ironside of the Nova Lounge - for the venue; and Kenny Reid - stage extension.
Elaine continued: “Thanks to all who came along on the evening to show their support toward all the acts and for the kind and generous donation of the many raffle prizes.
“We thank you for your continued support and hope you will all log into the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/pages/Peanuts-The-Reunion-with-KJB-Friends, from time to time for developments of any future concerts.
Ian Edwards, from KJB, said: “Well done and a big thanks to all acts, a very entertaining and what a night!
“For those who turned up my personal thanks and if I didn’t speak to everyone to be honest I was overwhelmed by the turnout and maybe did not recognise some of you as it was over 30 years ago and people do change.
“For those who did not make it, you missed something that may never be repeated!
“This would not have taken place if it wasn’t for Ian Stewart, Ian Moffat, and John and Elaine Roft tirelessly going about getting acts, and getting a venue, which turned out to be the right place for everyone to reminisce.
“A big thanks to Arthur and Mike from KJB, who gave Peanuts a big boost.
“I can also say the band members of KJB were very happy to have been part of a great night.”
The night has proven to be such a success that the band are unlikely to leave such a long gap until their next performance, with plans already in the pipeline for some time next year.