Concert marks return to Scottish Hall

LAUREN HAYES
Last updated 05:00 16/04/2014
Scottish Hall
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BACK HOME: Southland Scottish Council secretary Alison Warden, left, and Stuart Newton, president, prepare for the council’s first concert in the Scottish Hall in seven years, as cleaners scrub up the facility. 

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A very special homecoming will be celebrated with bagpipes, tartan and highland flings this month.

The Southland Scottish Council will host a variety concert in the Scottish Hall next week, its first at the venue after a seven-year absence.

Council secretary Alison Warden said in the past, the council held two concerts a year in the hall, but had been forced to move when the Invercargill City Council closed its doors during heated discussions about the hall's future.

However, now other groups were moving back into the venue, the council decided it was time to come home.

Being back in the Scottish Hall would be very special for the group, she said.

Since forming 22 years ago, the council had put a lot of work into the hall, including raising funds to freshen the family tartans lining the walls.

"We renewed a lot of the tartans. When we used to have wedding dances here, some people used to take some of the tartans as souvenirs."

Council president Stuart Newton said proceeds from the concert would go towards the four Southland dancers performing in the United States this month.

The Hint O' Tartan Concert, including performances by the Uniquely Us Choir, singer Barry Sheehy, flautist Heidi Gelvin and Southland highland dancers, will be held on April 27, starting at 2pm.Entry would be $5, includes afternoon tea.

 

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