Mental health to benefit from event

Jack Nixon is pictured with Tolbooth owner Martin Smith
Jack Nixon is pictured with Tolbooth owner Martin Smith

The organisers of Ellon’s successful pub chat show ‘A Night With’ have pledged that the proceeds of tonight’s show will go to support mental health in the area.

The show will kick-off at 8pm and will feature special guest Colin Grant.

Martin Smith, the owner of the Tolbooth Pub which hosts the once monthly show said: “Mental health is a huge issue which needs all the support it can get.

“We are therefore happy to announce all the money raise will go towards a local charity associated with mental health. In addition to the £5 entry fee we will also be having a collection.

“The show has proved to be a big hit with our regulars.’’

Jack Nixon, the resident host of the show, promised his support for mental health as he explained: “I will be making a donation of my own, and hope that my guest Colin Grant, a former professional football player will also give his fee for the night to this very good cause.”

Colin was equally happy about donating and said: “It’s a real issue in society, and has my full backing. It’s a great initiative, and following hard on mental health week, a most appropriate gesture.”

The format for the well received show will stay the same, with Jack asking the questions before giving the audience the opportunity to quiz the former Hibs player who first came to prominence in 1964 when he scored a hat - trick for Linlithgow Rose in the Junior Cup Final.

In the intervening years Colin has played not only for Hibs, but Chelmsford City before coming to the North - east where he played Highland League side Peterhead where he became manager.

More recently the enthusiastic Colin agreed to become a match day ambassador at Balmoor Park after Peterhead were promoted to Scottish League 1.

Jack added: “It looks like it will be a night to remember, as Colin and myself wander down memory, although we both like to think our future is not entirely behind us.”

Tickets for the show are still available behind the bar in Station Road.