The RSPBANI President’s charity fundraising concert entitled ‘A Touch of Tartan’ was held in Greystone Primary School, Antrim, on Friday 6th November. Taking part in what was a great evening of entertainment were: Ravara Pipe Band, Ulster-Scots Agency Juvenile Pipe Band, Ian Burrows, Andy McGregor, Alan McPherson and Kenny Qua on Scottish smallpipes, guitar and whistles, Michelle Johnston School of Highland Dance and gospel singer Lynda Lindsay. The compere was John Wallace, a member of Waringsford Pipe Band.
All proceeds will go to the President’s nominated charity for 2015 - Friends of the Cancer Centre. Winston Pinkerton, the RSPBANI President, is a recovered cancer patient and the charity is one which is close to his heart; he chose Friends of the Cancer Centre as this year’s charity because as well as having been treated for cancer himself he is quite sure that most members of each pipe band in Northern Ireland know of someone affected by cancer who has also been treated at the Centre. Speaking of the concert, which is the final event in a year of fundraising for the Friends of the Cancer Centre, Winston said, “I would like to thank all who took part and all who helped make the fundraising concert such a great success. I would also like to thank all who attended the event, particularly those who travelled from as far away as Fermanagh, Londonderry and Donegal”.
Click here to see more photos of the concert. Photo credits - John Kelly.
The Mid-Ulster Section held their AGM on Wednesday 28th of October in the Royal Hotel Cookstown and the following Officers were elected:
President - Samuel Glasgow MBE, Vice Presidents - Norman Bell and Alex Crooks,Chairman - Trevor Wilson,Vice Chairman - Lowry Ferguson,Secretary -Dessie McLaughlin,Treasurer - John Gilmour, Assistant Treasurer - Malcolm Wilson,Trophy Officer - Gladys Cardwell, Assistant Trophy Officer - Cheryl Cardwell
Photo 1, back row left to right, Winston Pinkerton, (RSPBANI President), Arlene Graham, (RSPBANI Vice Chairman), Ray Hall, (RSPBANI Chairman).
Front row left to right, Lowry Ferguson, (RSPBANI Vice President and Mid-Ulster Section Vice Chairman) Trevor Wilson (Mid-Ulster Section Chairman) Dessie McLaughlin (Mid-Ulster Section Secretary) Alec Crooks (Mid-Ulster Section Vice President).
Photo 2, left to right, Winston Pinkerton (RSPBANI President) Arlene Graham (RSPBANI Vice Chairman) Trevor Wilson (Mid-Ulster Section Chairman) Ray Hall (RSPBANI Chairman).