Charity event to remember Ellon man

Ellon man Bill Johnstone, who died last year. will be remembered at a fundraising charity event in the town.
Ellon man Bill Johnstone, who died last year. will be remembered at a fundraising charity event in the town.

A popular Ellon man who passed away last year is to be remembered at a charity quiz organised by family and friends.

Bill Johnstone, who died on April 19, suffered from Parkinson’s and was held in high esteem in the town, and with his friend of many years Jim Beattie was a devoted supporter of local football team Ellon United.

It’s hoped there will be a big turnout of Bill’s many friends

Jim Beattie Organiser

Mr Beattie, along with Bill’s daughter Barbra, has helped organise the night at another of his favourite haunts, a local hotel where he was a regular with his friend Allan Dent.

Mr Beattie said: “We will be having a charity quiz on Saturday, April 23, in the Station Hotel with the proceeds going to Parkinson’s.

“It’s hoped there will be a big turnout of Bill’s many friends, including players and officials from his favourite team. We hardly ever missed a game.

Barbra said: “It’s entirely appropriate that we should hold the quiz on a Saturday, and in his number one pub.

“I know from the turnout at his funeral that he was a very popular man in the town. I just hope these same people will come along and help raise money for Parkinson’s.”

The event will get underway at 8pm, but in order to allow time to sell raffle tickets those attending are asked to be there at 7.30pm. Teams of four will be charged £20.

Appropriately the quiz is to be held in the week Parkinson’s are running a number of national events to raise money and awareness of a condition that is reckoned to affect one person in 500 in the UK.

Barbra hopes that even if friends of her father cannot come to the quiz, they will make a donation to help fight Parkinson’s.

Barbra added: “I just hope our little event will raise awareness of a horrible disease, and help take control of it.”

Tickets can be purchased at the Station Hotel, or from the organising committee of Barbra Johnstone, Allan Dent and Jim Beattie.