The McDougalls turn Campbeltown into Toyland

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Campbeltown was transformed into Toyland last Saturday when children’s music and theatre company The McDougalls came to town.

Youngsters were encouraged to dress up as their favourite toys as they attended the Victoria Hall show where they discovered where lost toys end up – Toyland, of course.

They joined Max, Auntie Aggie and Morag the rabbit on a musical adventure, as they travelled through Toyland on a quest to return lots of missing toys to their rightful owners.

The McDougalls sought the children’s help as they tried to complete their quest in time for Christmas.

Packed with singalong songs, musical mayhem and bucket-loads of audience participation, it was the perfect seasonal treat for the little ones in the crowd, who spent much of the show on their feet.

The Toyland Express headed to Tarbert on Sunday where more youngsters helped reunite missing toys with their owners in the village hall.

‘Thank you to everyone who turned out for The McDougalls in Toyland shows over the weekend,’ said a spokesperson for West Kintyre Promotions which organised both Kintyre events.

‘They really were great shows and we are grateful to every single person who made the shows a success and came along in full voice and with some stunning costumes.

‘We’d also like to thank The McDougalls crew, including Melanie, and the Funky Chicken crew of Lori and Arthur for all their help and work on the pre-show.

‘Jamie-Lee and Greig and the guid folks at liveArgyll in Campbeltown were such a brilliant help on Saturday and, as usual, Lorna and the Tarbert Hall committee have been so supportive of our efforts, and Peter Simson again went above and beyond with lighting help and advice.

‘We are just a small community interest company so all this effort is really appreciated and we hope everyone enjoyed the weekend.’

West Kintyre Promotions, which regularly brings entertainers to West Kintyre and Tarbert, is looking at organising more shows in Campbeltown in 2022 and hopes to welcome The McDougalls back in the summer with a special show.