With over 100 artistes involved, including
pupils from Cairn, Carrick, Gardenrose and St Cuthbert’,
they put together a “whole community” event which everyone
who attended thoroughly enjoyed. The whole evening had the
audience, which included South Ayrshire’s Provost Winifred
Sloan, clapping their hands, stamping their feet and
thoroughly enjoying the night as the singers, dancers,
pipers, and fiddlers went through the whole range of
Top of the
bill were The MacDonald Bros who had come back to the town
where they were born and Craig and Brian really got the
crowd going with their own style of music.
was filled to capacity and also taking part were Ayrshire
Fiddle Orchestra, Maybole Pipe Band, South Ayrshire Schools
Pipe Band, South Ayrshire Percussion Ensemble, and Hugh and
Friends – a real mix of young and old with a event which
provided a full range of singing, dancing and comedy with
professionals and amateurs as well as established and new
were Hugh Paterson & Johnny Rusk with school captains Sarah
Brown and Jemma McLintock introducing the first and second
halves of the concert. Carrick’s head teacher Keith Webster
comprehensively thanked everyone for all they had done to
make the concert the outstanding success it was.
was part-financed by the Scottish Government and the
European Community Ayrshire Leader 2007-2013 programme.
Sarah Baird, Ayrshire LEADER Programme Co-ordinator,
attended the event and emailed organisers afterwards to say
what a great time she had. “From my perspective from LEADER,
it demonstrated what a strong and vibrant community you are
intrinsic parts of, and the very hard work that was put in
by all involved to hold an exceptional event.
for inviting me to attend, I thoroughly enjoyed every moment
of it. Everyone should be very proud of what was achieved on
has only been in Maybole for a few months and he wrote in
his church bulletin at the weekend, “By any reasonable
standard last Tuesday night’s St. Andrew’s Night Concert in
Maybole Town Hall was a professional show, but that is the
least compliment we can pay it.
“It was a
wonderful example of people realising their potential for
good. I detected no focus on self at any point in the
proceedings. There was no one out to steal the limelight.
Everyone gave of their best in what was a community centred
focus and effort. There was joy and humour and fellow
feeling. What better way to celebrate the feast of our
is more to it than that.
“We need to
reflect on what may be the town’s great gift of building
community. This is something we need to foster because we
may have to export it to places less fortunate, where the
tendency towards isolated and competitive individualism is
in the ascendancy.”