A TRIBUTE NIGHT ERNE WOULD’VE BEEN PROUD OF

MILNGAVIE Town Hall was packed with talented performers at the weekend - all taking part in this year’s prestigious Erne Parkin Award.

All manner of entertainers, including singers, comedians and musicians, were invited to take to the stage on Saturday night.

The event was set up in memory of much-loved Milngavie musician Erne Parkin, who had a passion for live music and for encouraging new talent in the area.

Erne began running talent shows at Mugdock Music Festival and his son Michael (22) decided to continue his legacy as he knew how much it meant to his dad.

The profits from the evening, £880, will be donated to Erne’s favourite charity - The Suzy Fund, which runs feeding stations for starving children in Africa.

There was so much talent that the panel of judges, Provost Eric Gotts, Erne’s friend and talented musician Ian Reekie, Erne’s nephew Chris Parkin and Martine O’Donnell, had a very tough time deciding who should win but eventually they chose 19-year-old Laura Ogg from Bearsden.

Laura was one of five acts in the first half of the evening competing to win the award - Liam Hill from Milngavie, Katy Docherty from Faifley, Bearsden band Slow Down For Horses and dancers from The Alison Kennedy School of Dance in Bearsden also performed for the audience of about 150 people.

The second half of the night allowed performers to entertain without taking part in the contest - East Dunbartonshire band Limited Appeal had their turn alongside Milngavie and Bearsden bands The Disposable Heroes, Tobias and Viking Galaxy which includes Erne’s son, Michael.

One of the organisers, Jason McCabe, said: “Laura was a deserving winner, her performance was unique and very mature.

“She sang a lot of songs that people knew - the crowd thought she was great. The night was such a huge success so we plan to do it again next year but hopefully twice as big.

“We’re delighted that we raised so much for this excellent cause and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves.

“Any local people aged 16 and over with a talent can apply for next year’s contest by e-mailing us their details to barloch-com@hotmail.co.uk.”

Provost Eric Gotts said: “This was the first time I’d been a judge on a talent show and it was a very difficult job as the acts were all very good.

“There was a wide variety to choose from including dance, rock bands and solo artists.

“It was a great night, very well attended, and I’m sure that even those who didn’t win will go on to be very successful in the future.

“I’m sure Erne would have been proud of the night - great credit goes to the organisers for pulling this all together, it was no easy task.”

The organisers thanked everyone who took part and helped to make this such a great night - especially Pro Sound from Milngavie who did the sound for a reduced cost and the Provost who gave a generous donation.