Local talent shines at Ellon’s variety special

Ellon Academy Cheerleaders opened the show.
Ellon Academy Cheerleaders opened the show.

Organisers of the recent 56th Variety Special held in Ellon have hailed the event a huge success.

A host of talented locally-based artistes graced the stage at Ellon Academy.

Headline act Jaii McDowall with guest Olympic bronze medallist Viorel Etko.

Headline act Jaii McDowall with guest Olympic bronze medallist Viorel Etko.

The Ellon Academy Cheerleaders opened the show - in aid of the charity Momentum Skills - and overcame technical problems with an impressive routine of kicks, flips and tumbles.

Comedian Chris Britten had the audience rolling in the aisles with his own brand of witty comedy.

Ellon Academy pupil Chloe Milne took to the stage next to perform her own stunning version of Lorde’s hit Royals.

Next up were a group of five friends called Danni’s Dancers. They performed to a routine they choreographed themselves which was well received.

They were followed by the Lawrence Dance Academy who went through several popular Highland dancing routines.

Just before the interval, special surprise guest Vio Etko, Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, took to the stage to help with the raffle.

Opening the second half were local musicians Nicola Auchnie and Steven Eddie.

The pair played a wide range of Scottish favourites on the accordion and fiddle.

Topping the bill was Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowall.

He performed a set lasting well over half an hour, that included his new single and a variety of songs inducing power ballads and rock
numbers.

Michael Jamieson, Momentum fundraiser and variety special organiser, said: “Despite the technical problems at the start of the show, this didn’t seem to bother the audience at all.

“They were extremely patient which was very kind of them - and it didn’t affect the Cheerleaders either.

“The success of this show has proved to be such that folk have already started booking their seats for the 57th Variety special, to be held in Inverurie next September.

“So a huge thank you to everyone for supporting Momentum Disability Services and it’s on with the next event which is our Christmas Fayre.”

Michael made particular mention of the front-of-house volunteers and stage crew. Included in the team were members of the Ellon ATC and senior pupils from Ellon Academy.

He also thanked all the individuals and businesses that donated raffle prizes, including the star prize of a Christmas Tree from the Happy Plant.