Coffee and carols bring Christmas cheer

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Fairy lights and classic Christmas carols allowed visitors at the Ensemble choirs’ coffee afternoon to forget about the dire weather outside.

The warmth of Campbeltown Town Hall and classic tunes from traditional hymns to rocking pop songs made it a cosy event on Saturday, December 15, as rain poured outside.

Choristers, in fine festive dress, doubled up as sales people, taking it in turns to fill the stage and man the stalls.

The Ensemble choirs consist of A’Choired from Tarbert and Campbeltown’s The Lowtones, The Upbeats and One Voice, all conducted by Paula McLean, but it was only The Upbeats and One Voice that performed.

As well as an array of home-baking to buy, visitors helped Santa find his sleigh buy guessing in which square of a Kintyre map he lost it.

There was also a bottle stall and raffle up for grabs.

A spokesperson, who said that almost £700 was raised, added: ‘We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who turned up on such a foul, ghastly, terrible day, weather-wise.’

A selection of the choristers who sang. 50_c51choircoffee01

Hellema McIntosh and assistant Janet Logan sold sweet treats. 50_c51choircoffee02

Flora Gillespie, whose daughter Lorraine is in the choir, helped sell baking. 50_c51choircoffee03

A large audience in the beautifully decorated hall. 50_c51choircoffee04

Val Cameron helped people guess where Santa lost his sleigh. 50_c51choircoffee05

Martha Rennie, Maureen Johnson, Shona Anderson, Senga Dunn, Sheila-anne McCallum and Gail Edwards take a break from the stage to man the bottle stall. 50_c51choircoffee06

In the kitchen, from left: Valentina Cataldi, Katuska Davies, ‘elf on the shelf’ Liz Kennedy, Margaret Kelly and Lorraine Gillespie. 50_c51choircoffee07