Published: 24/12/2017 07:00 - Updated: 20/12/2017 09:25

Centre concludes special year with Christmas show

Written byVal Sweeney

 

Christmas show
The Rainbow Singers brought a bright note to the Merkinch Christmas show.

A BUSY Inverness community centre concluded a year-programme of events to celebrate its 40th anniversary with a Christmas extravaganza featuring music, dance and drama.

Almost 400 people packed the Merkinch Community Centre over two performances of the sellout show.

Anne McCreadie, chairperson of the community centre, said the event had been a great success.

"It was fantastic," she said. "Usually, it would be the Singing For Pleasure group at the centre which puts on the show.

"But because it was the 40th anniversary we decided to incorporate the other groups which hold classes in the centre.

"We have had a really varied programme of things during the year with something special practically every month and we also go a new minibus from the Highland Cross.

"I am very proud to be chairperson of the centre."

Those taking part in the special Christmas show included Singing For Pleasure, the Rainbow Singers and a  children’s pop choir. Many of the songs had a festive theme.

The centre’s drama club and Highland dancers also took part.

Novelty acts included a sketch set in a Merkinch laundrette.

The audience for the afternoon performance included members of several lunch clubs in the area including Maryburgh and Culloden.

Other anniversary events have included a Burns supper, a civic dinner at Inverness Town House and the production of a book about the community centre.

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