Rock star backs coffee mornings

Sheuchan School at its Macmillan coffee morning

Sheuchan School at its Macmillan coffee morning

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Bob Hardy, bass guitarist with the indie band Franz Ferdinand, paid a surprise visit to the Conservatory at Soleburn garden centre last Friday morning to back Macmillan Cancer Support World’s Biggest Coffee Morning organised by the Stranraer fundraising committee.

Bob had been taking a few days off from the band’s busy promotional tour, since the release of their latest record, with a visit to his parents’ home in Drummore.

SGGY Port William primary school coffee morning.

SGGY Port William primary school coffee morning.

He is a strong supporter of Macmillan Cancer Support, and two years ago, along with his sister, took part in the Macmillan abseil from the top of the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse.

When he heard about the coffee morning being held at Soleburn, he signed a copy of the group’s latest album and presented it to the members of the Stranraer committee as a raffle prize. The lucky winner was Fergus Lochhead, a fan of Franz Ferdinand, who was delighted with his prize.

The annual World’s Biggest Coffee Morning held by Macmillan Cancer Support is a UK-wide event and numerous coffee mornings have been held throughout the Wigtownshire area.

All the money raised is used to make sure that those diagnosed with cancer have Macmillan Cancer Support to help them through their treatment and afterwards.

Murray Irving MBE, Jane Sloan, Bob Hardy, Edith McDonald, Emma McClorey at the handing over of the signed album.

Murray Irving MBE, Jane Sloan, Bob Hardy, Edith McDonald, Emma McClorey at the handing over of the signed album.

Last year a record amount was raised throughout the UK and Macmillan are hoping that this year that record will be smashed.

The magnificent sum of £702 was raised by the Stranraer Committee coffee morning at the Conservatory at Soleburn, again showing how supportive of such a good causes are the folk in Wigtownshire. Marion McHarg, chairwoman of the Stranraer committee, was delighted with the amount raised and thanked the proprietor of the Conservatory, Nicola McCreadie, for allowing her establishment to be used yet again this year and all the volunteers who helped.

The next fundraising event will involve Macmillan Cancer Support going on the fiddle! The Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra, an accomplished group of young musicians, will be performing at the Ryan Centre at Stranraer on Saturday, October 26, at 7.30pm. The orchestra is made up of 40 players of the fiddle, a piper and two dancers. Tickedts are just £7 and can be purchased from any of the Stranraer Macmillan Cancer Support Committee members or at Reid’s Hardware, Hanover Street, Stranraer.

Port William Primary also took part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. The Pupil Council successfully organised the event and made very capable and enthusiastic hosts. All classes made cakes: P1-3 made cupcakes and flapjacks, P4-5 made cupcakes and P6-7 made Malteaser and custard cream traybakes. The Pupil Council would like to thank parents who helped and family and friends for coming along and helping to raise £212.09.

Sheuchan Primary School’s Events Group organised a MacMillan coffee morning. For the past few weeks the group had been making posters and decorations. As a result the coffee morning held last Friday was a huge success with lots of baking and donations handed in and lots of parents and friends dropping in for a coffee. The event raised a fantastic total of £370.

(Reported by Oran Palmer and Ethan Loch and all of the Events Group)