Wee Toon coo raises Nancy Glen funds

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A Highland cow wall hanging, hand-crafted in Campbeltown from reclaimed whisky barrels, fetched the top price at an auction in aid of the Nancy Glen fund.

The sculpture, which took Wee Toon Carver, John Brown, 35 hours to create, reached £450.

Measuring 36 inches from horn to horn, it is the largest sculpture of its kind that Mr Brown has made, and came to the auction in Campbeltown Town Hall with a starting bid of £380, having stirred up interest on Facebook.

People packed the hall to bid on a collection of items, including an original painting by Dawn McGeachy, a framed photograph by Greg Grogan, a photograph by Raymond Hosie on canvas, a tour of Ibrox stadium for six people, a gold Grant Logan pendant and Royal Highland Show tickets, which made a total of £3,872, to be added to the fund to support the families of the Nancy Glen fishermen.

Helen Gilchrist organised last Saturday night’s event after being inundated with high-value raffle prizes for a previous Nancy Glen fundraiser she organised, a quiz in Campbeltown Bowling Club.

With so many top prizes, Ms Gilchrist decided that she could raise more funds by auctioning off the items, rather than including them in the raffle.

Other items which reached rocketing prices were two Formula One jackets, both expertly modelled on stage by Louise Mackay, which were sold to the same buyer.

One had previously been worn by Sebastian Vettel and collected £300.

Possibly the most surprising item was a clootie dumpling which sold for £50, after much back and forth between bidders.

The night kicked off with musical performances from Julie Blue, Ann Leith, Linzi Cameron, Sheila-Ann McCallum, Peter McKerral and Hannah Black, who were all thanked for agreeing to perform ‘straight away’.

Ms Gilchrist thanked Campbeltown Town Hall for hosting the event for free.

She said: ‘Huge thank you to the town hall and all staff, and also to everyone who donated and gave up their time to help out.

‘To everyone who came along to support the night, you’re all simply the best.’

Helen Gilchrist organised the event after the success of her last fundraiser. 50_c10nancyglen01_helen gilchrist

A Raymond Hosie photograph on canvas started the bidding. 50_c10nancyglen02_raymond hosie

Louise Mackay models a Formula One jacket. 50_c10nancyglen03_formula one jacket

Striking a pose with the jacket worn by Sebastian Vettel. 50_c10nancyglen04_sebastian vettel jacket