Jazz night raises £1700

More than 130 jazz lovers braved the rain and wind in support of the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust in Castle Douglas last Friday night.

They turned out to listen to Stewartry-based group Gentle Jazz and vocalist Terri Farley belt out a string of jazz and big band standards from the 1920s through to the 1950s.

Ticket sales and a raffle held on the evening helped the charity raise more than £1700 towards its plans for the restoration of Moat Brae House, on George Street in Dumfries.

Addressing the audience after the concert, Roger Windsor, the trust’s vice-chairman, thanked the band, headed by saxophonist Geoff Keating, for their support, paid tribute to the team of volunteers who helped to make the evening possible and gave a special mention to local businesses who generously donated prizes for the raffle.

He said: “It has been a wonderful concert featuring lively music and a superb buffet supper, all made possible through a real team effort. Community efforts such as this evening’s are helping to bring closer our plans for the restoration of Moat Brae and the development of an international tourist attraction in Dumfries.”