Award for top talent is tribute to Erne Parkin

M & B Herald Comitee
M & B Herald Comitee

AN award in honour of a much loved Milngavie musician will be presented later this year.

The Erne Parkin Award ceremony in Milngavie Town Hall on October 8 will seek to uncover hidden talent and raise money for The Suzy Fund which helps malnourished children in poorer parts of Africa.

Erne Parkin, below, was a local musician who worked tirelessly to promote music and the performing arts before his sudden death in July 2009. He was also very much involved in the Suzy Fund.

His son Michael, who is helping to organise the event, said it would be a fitting tribute to his dad.

He said: “This is now an annual event. We set it up in January 2010 and held our first award in June last year. This year we are planning to have a slightly bigger one.”

Michael and fellow organisers Jason McCabe, Colin McKenzie and Callum Park are planning to change the format from last year which was one of solo singer songwriters and broaden it out to include groups of performing acts. There will be a panel of eight judges and the first prize is £100.

Michael added: “My dad had this love of music and invested a lot in the local talent. I want him to live on in these awards.”

Jason McCabe echoed Michael’s sentiments adding that at the request of Erne’s wife Dorothy the group have been asked to continue the legacy that the musician left behind.

He said: “The aim of the event is to bring back some good old fashion entertainment giving talented individuals a chance to show what they can do, however our main aim is to raise funds for a charity of which Erne contributed to for so many years - The Suzy Fund - and allow people to pay respect to a much loved person.”

Erne was famous for his music events and parties and the organisers are expecting around 300 people at the event. For more information on tickets which can be bought from The Iron Chef, Milngavie or to perform e-mail barloch-com@hotmail.co.uk