Forth Valley Sensory Centre
Forth Valley Sensory Centre packed up their troubles last week after Singing Provost Billy Buchanan raised £450 for the Sensory Centre. The wartime sing-a-long event a smash hit featuring not one, but two Provosts and a host of councillors.
Falkirk Provost Billy Buchanan brought his wartime show to the Centre in advance of the 100th anniversary of the World War One Armistice, signed on 11th November 1918.
Clackmannanshire Provost Tina Murphy and four local councillors joined Provost Buchanan, and six volunteers all dressed up in First World War uniforms, including nurses’ outfits.
The sold out hall reverberated to the sounds of ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’ ‘The Quartermasters Stores’ and ‘Hinky Dinky Parlez Vous’. There were also some Second World War favourites like ‘Run Rabbit Run’, ‘We’ll Meet Again’ and ‘We’re Going to Hang out the Washing on the Siegfried Line’.
Centre Manager Jacquie Winning who got into the spirit with an army style costume said:
“What a great afternoon of entertainment! It was good to see so many people in the hall having a good time and singing along to songs that I know many of us didn’t even realise we knew the words to, they’ve become such a part of the fabric of society.
“There was a serious message though and amidst the fun, Provost Buchanan told some heart-warming tales and reminded all those present that millions had paid the ultimate price for our fun that day.”
The event raised £450 with over 60 attendees filling the Centre hall. Everyone was treated to a hot drink and home baking with traditional fairy cakes being made by Fiona, Provost Buchanan’s wife as well as shortbread and other treats made in-house by Forth Valley Sensory Centre Café staff.
“I can’t thank Provosts Buchanan and Murphy enough for coming along to support our Centre. All donations go directly to supporting people with sight or hearing loss in Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire. We are even looking at setting up a new group for people with sight loss in Alloa and are taking notes of interest now. Contact the Centre if this is something you would want to take advantage of.”
The next fundraising event is a Race Night at St Francis Xavier’s Chapel Hall in Falkirk on 12th October 7pm-9pm. Tickets are just £3 to include buffet and it is ‘Bring Your Own Bottle’. Tickets available from the Centre.