A grand night for local charities!

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A GENEROUS Ellon couple who declined presents for their ruby wedding anniversary party in lieu of donations have raise more than £1,000 for local causes.

Mary and Gerald Gray, of Gordon Place, made the donation at the Royal British Legion on Monday night, with representatives of the Friends of Ythanvale and Ellon Pipe Band on hand to pick up cheques for £150 and £404 respectively.

Further cheques - for £300 each - are being sent to the British Heart Foundation, and the Breast Cancer Campaign.

Mr Gray told the Times: “The pipe band played for 20 minutes and really made the night. We’re delighted to make this donation to them.”

Mrs Gray said: “I’d like to give our thanks to everyone who turned up and made donations, and to the Station Hotel for a wonderful night and the lovely buffet.”

Picture: Kenneth Hutchison