Garioch Heritage Society

The Garioch Heritage Scoiety held their annual social evening in the Acorn Centre at west Church last week.

Chairman Geoff Gill welcomed members and friends and gave an update on the progress of the Society since the last meeting.

The work in the new Heritage Centre at Harlaw Road is proceeding with the connecting wall and roof to the adjacent townhouses being constructed.

The Society has been bequeathed a considerable sum by the late Gordon Ingram, which will help with the purchase of display cases and equipment for the new building.

The Society is to hold a fund raising coffee morning in Inverurie Bowling Club on April 16 from 10am until 12 noon.

The Visit Scotland Tourist shop at 18 High Street is to close on Thursday, March 31 until April 4 for re-stocking.

Geoffrey then introduced Jim and Marisha Addison who supplied the musical entertainment for the evening. Jim was head of music and Bankhead Academy and organist at Oldmeldrum Church.

He is also a noted jazz musician with a wide knowledge of all types of music.

This was obvious by the expertise he showed on the piano.

Marisha started her singing career with local bands, moving to the Alex Sutherland Orchestra and appearing on Grampian TV.

Both are members of Aberdeen Jazz Orchestra and perform at the Lemon Tree.

Their programme ranged from well known big band hits to Scottish folk music, cornkisters and poetry which had their audience singing along and thoroughly enjoying their participation.

Marisha’s rendering of June Imray’s songs and skits on Aberdeen life were particularly well received, especially ‘The Quine that did the Strip at Inverurie’.

Marisha also accompanied her husband on the flute playing some of James Galloway’s popular standards.

Thora Yule thanked Jim and Marisha for providing an unforgettable evening’s entertainment.

The next Heritage meeting will be on Wednesday, April 6 when the talk will be on Craigievar Castle.