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Concert hands charities boost

By Jamie Hall

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Military Wives
Military Wives

Two concerts held to mark the centenary of the end of WWI has raised thousands for a number of charities across the Highlands.

The performances by Inverness Military Wives Choir, which were held in the city’s cathedral, raised over £6000.

All the money raised will be split between Poppyscotland, the Royal British Legion and local suicide prevention organisation Mikeysline, with each charity receiving £2060.

More than 500 people attended across the two nights and heard music from the both the military wives and pipers from Inverness Royal Academy.

Sgt Brian Taylor of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, who won the honour of Commanding Officer’s Bugler 10 years in a row and is a two-time winner of the Silver Bugle at the Army Pipes and Drums bugling competition, played the Last Post.

The concerts also featured talks from representatives of each of the three charities.

Choir spokeswoman Tracey Walsh said: “We are absolutely delighted with the support we have received from the community and the council.

“It’s that support that has enabled us to smash last year’s total raised and donate money to three wonderful charities.

“We were very lucky to receive some funding from the Common Good Fund, which we put to good use by hiring Limelight to do our lighting and sound. That really made a difference to the whole atmosphere this year.

“The feedback we have received from people who attended the concert has been overwhelming. We are so pleased that everyone enjoyed it, and many have already commented that they hope we do it again next year.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who bought a ticket, helped us advertise, donated raffle or silent auction prizes, and gave up their time to volunteer at the concerts.”

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