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THE search is on for talented people in the area to take part in a show in memory of a much loved local musician.

Erne Parkin, who played the guitar and sang, also worked tirelessly to promote music and the performing arts before his sudden death in July 2009.

He was famous for his events, including Mugdock Music Festival, and parties, especially his New Year get together.

This event on Saturday, October 8, will be held in Milngavie Town Hall and is being organised by Erne’s son, Michael, and some of his friends, Jason McCabe, Colin McKenzie and Callum Park.

The best act will be judged by a panel of eight and they will receive the Erne Parkin Award as well as £100 prize money.

Now in its second year, the format has been changed so that not only solo songwriters can enter - anyone or a group of people with an act can now take part.

As well as providing a stage for everyone to show off their talents, the evening will also raise money for one of Erne’s favourite charities, The Suzy Fund, which provides feeding stations for malnourished children in the poorest parts of Africa.

Michael said: “My dad had this love of music and invested a lot of his time in encouraging local talent.

“I want him to live on in these awards, it is a fitting tribute to him.”

Fellow organiser, Jason McCabe, added: “The aim of this event is to bring back some good old fashioned entertainment giving talented individuals a chance to show what they can do. However our main aim is to raise as much as we can for The Suzy Fund and allow people to pay their respect to Erne.”

To apply, e-mail barloch-com@hotmail.co.uk or go to the Facebook page which is called Erne Parkin Award Concert. Tickets are available from The Iron Chef, Milngavie or on the door on the night.