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Scooty and the Skyhooks looking forward to Highland Hospice's Party At Your Place online YouTube concerts

By Philip Murray

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Scooty and The Skyhooks will perform in the first Party At Your Place.
Scooty and The Skyhooks will perform in the first Party At Your Place.

POPULAR Highland band Scooty and the Skyhooks will be getting the party started – when a new charity fundraiser gets under way later this week.

The Highland Hospice is organising three Christmas party nights in December – with a host of acts beaming live into the audience's homes from the Limelight Studio in Inverness.

Party at Your Place aims to raise funds for the hospice while helping folk enjoy themselves while still social distancing, with the idea being that groups of work colleagues, friends or families can come together by tuning in on YouTube and linking up to each other by video.

The first takes place on Friday (December 4) and the band cannot wait.

Sarah Mackay, one of the performers with Scooty, said: “We hadn’t been on stage since the weekend before lockdown, so we are very much looking forward to this.

“Scooty have been performing together since the 80s and this is my tenth year in the band so we had no problems getting back into the swing of things.”

“We’ve been playing at Christmas parties in the Drumossie Hotel for the past six years, so we hope our regulars there will be tuning in and getting involved, as well as lots of other businesses and groups from across the Highlands. “

“Highland Hospice is a fantastic local cause, close to so many people’s hearts. With most of their events now on hold because of Covid-19, it just feels really special to be doing something to help provide a bit of festive cheer.”

“We’ll be performing all our favourites – and even have a new song to premiere. Hopefully everyone will enjoy getting their sparkle on and video call their friends to get into the spirit of things. You can even give shout outs to your colleagues – we want to make this as interactive as possible!”

Party host Liam Christie, Director at North Highland Events and Promotions, is no stranger to entertaining people. During Lockdown he had a temporary job as a delivery driver for Tesco, and filmed a series of light-hearted singing videos whilst on his travels. He said: “The situation with Covid-19 has hit the music and events industry hard, so I am delighted to be involved in this fundraiser. Both Sarah and I really missed being involved in the Hospice’s Ness Factor competition this year. It’s great to be working together on this and reaching people across the Highlands in support of such a wonderful cause!

“So if you‘re up for a lot of fun and some fantastic music, come and join us!”

Full details about how to join ‘Party at Your Place’ via YouTube and make your donation can be found at www.highlandhospice.org/partyatyourplace.

Each party takes place between 8pm and 10pm.

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