Tesco sponsor local band for Gig at the Brig

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Ellon band Glass Monkey’s appearance at the Gig at the Brig has been attracted £1500 sponsorship from Tesco.

The group - made up of Ellon Academy pupils - are on the bill for the town’s Hogmanay street party.

Claire Curran, Jake Stamp, Euan Pirie and Steven Fyfe, played at the Tesco store in Castle Road as part of a Christmas fun day last year.

Store manager Mark Robison said: “As a store we are dedicated to helping our local community and so we jumped at the chance to help up and coming local band, Glass Monkey, be a part of the Gig at the Brig.

“We know how good they are from our own experience of having the group in store and hopefully this will ensure that everyone else knows as well.”

The JM Taylor-sponsored Gig at the Brig is the second annual event to take place on Market Street and is organised by Ellon Events.

It aims to promote local bands and the opportunity for local talent to play in front of a home crowd.

An Ellon Events spokesperson said: “We are thrilled to receive the £1500 sponsorship from Tesco for local band Glass Monkey. “We are a local charity and aim to provide events for the community and it is a huge boost to get recognition of the work that we do from such a large organisation.”

Glass Money drummer Steven Fyfe added: “It’s amazing that such a massive company wants to sponsor our little band from Ellon and put their faith in us.

“We’re excited to play for the local people and it’s an honour to be asked to play.”

Tickets for the Hogamanay spectacular are on sale at Delica, Costcutter, Buchan Hotel and Skin Deep.

Prices are £20 for adults, £7.50 for under 18s and under 5s free, although they do need tickets.

They are also available through Ellon Events Facebook page and website.

Organisers hope to attract up to 3000 revellers.