Friends, fans and family of original Bay City Roller Alan Longmuir celebrated his life at a memorial evening and fundraiser for the benefit of Children’s Hospices Across Scotland, better known as CHAS.
Raising in excess of £5,000 in Alan’s name, the event was held at McQ’s in Bannockburn, Stirling, and involved live music, comedy, an auction, raffle and three-course meal for an international crowd of 130 people who had travelled from far and wide to attend.
Alan – dubbed the ‘Proud Son of Edinburgh’ – who sadly passed away last July, was remembered in a night of joy and laughter, two values held dear by Alan as well as CHAS.
Gail Shackley, one of the instrumental figures behind the event, said:
“I was a fan of the Bay City Rollers in 1974-1979 and thanks to the internet, reconnected to the BCR scene in 1997. I have made so many friends for life from all around the world as a result, and feel my life has been enhanced by these friendships.
“Organising this memorial event for Alan has been a privilege; we wanted to create an evening of music, happiness and fun to celebrate the life and legacy of an amazing, kind, gentle and fun-loving person. I think we got it right! Our committee comprised myself, from England, Suz Rostron from Philadelphia, USA, Lesley Stirrat, designer of the ‘Alan Longmuir Proud Son of Edinburgh’, and Gillan Watkins from Scotland.
“A raffle and auction of memorabilia were very generously supported on the night by all attendees and entertainment was provided by Craig Weir and Brian Gold, with McQ’s resident DJ Gary on hand to fill in too.
“We would like to thank Alan’s wife Eileen Longmuir who gave us her blessing to put this event on and who ended up doing as much as the rest of the committee in order to pull it off! Thanks also to Dave from McQ’s for all his help and support.”
Lyndsay Stobie, CHAS Community Fundraiser, said:
“It was a fantastic night where the love for Alan radiated through a night filled with moments of joy. We are so privileged to have shared in this experience and cannot thank everyone enough for these donations in memory of a much loved and iconic Scottish star.
“Alan’s memory was represented in true Scottish fashion with tons of tartan and music galore. It was definitely a night to remember and with attendees from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, United States, Canada, Australia and Japan, his international influence was certainly felt.”
In Scotland, nearly 16,000 children and young people live with life-shortening conditions and CHAS is determined to reach every family who needs it. CHAS works across Scotland, able to provide its hospice services nationwide for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions., CHAS offers palliative, respite and end-of-life care from Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch.
CHAS at Home supports families with the services of a hospice yet in their own homes across the whole of Scotland and through its Diana Children’s Nurses working in hospitals across the country, CHAS supports families and clinical teams.