Big response for charity night

Kathleen Johnstone (left) presents winning team The Last of the Summer Quines with their prize
Kathleen Johnstone (left) presents winning team The Last of the Summer Quines with their prize

A charity quiz inspired by the death of a popular Ellon man was a big hit thanks to members of the public who turned out at the Station Hotel.

Bill Johnstone, who passed away last year, was fondly remembered by family and friends last Saturday at the event which raised over £1,700 for Parkinson’s.

“Dad would have been chuffed to know that so many people turned out for the occasion, including members of his local football team who also participated in the quiz,” said Bill’s daughters Barbra and Elaine.

“We are really pleased to have been able to raise so much cash for Parkinson’s. We just hope it will help fight this horrible illness. We would like to thank all those who helped organise the night. It has been successful beyond our wildest dreams.”

The winning team, The Last of the Summer Quines, were presented with their prize by Bill’s widow Kathleen Johnston, who like her daughters was clearly moved by the support the event had attracted.

Allan Dent, event co-organiser and close friend, said: “It was a very emotional night. Bill would have been very pleased by the turnout, especially the attendance of his favourite football team.”

A total of 27 teams participated which was efficiently and humorously presided over by Mick and Hilary Gordon.

The funds were swelled by a raffle organised by Jim Beattie, a friend of Mr Johnstone, who accompanied him to Ellon United games at the Meadows and on away trips.

Jim said: “Win or lose we always had good fun. He is greatly missed by us all.”