Hy­dro par­tyon the BBC

Stirling Observer - - MAKING THE NEWS IN JANUARY, 1969 ... -

Dun­blane Hy­dro had en­joyed its busiest fes­tive sea­son yet with a Hog­manay show broad­cast on the BBC.

Vis­i­tors from all over the world at­tended over Christ­mas and New Year.

The en­ter­tain­ment pro­gramme in­cluded the first pub­lic per­for­mance by the `newly-formed’ Dun­blane Male Voice Choir un­der the ba­ton of Mr T Turn­bull.

On Christ­mas Eve, guests were charmed by the singing of Dun­blane Cathe­dral Ju­nior Choir, con­ducted by Mr J Flem­ing Lamb and as­sisted by Douglas Scott.

Reg­u­lar Hy­dro en­ter­tain­ers also pro­vided the cabaret with the help of lo­cal favourites and ho­tel reg­u­lars, the Jim Macleod Band.

The Ob­server said: `The Hog­manay Ball in the Hy­dro fea­tured David Horne and his band and at mid­night the BBC Ra­dio Party went on the air on Ra­dio One, Two and Four with Jim MacLeod and his Band, Roberto Car­di­nale, Anne and Laura Brand, Mary Kelly, Pipe Ma­jor John Macken­zie, Bill McCue and Olive Rae.’

Jim MacLeod trav­elled by plane to Lon­don on New year’s Day to com­plete his lat­est LP, to be called `Scot­land Swings Again with the Great Jim MacLeod’, and ar­rived back in the evening in time for the Hy­dro’s New Year’s night ball. The ho­tel’s fes­tive pro­gramme con­cluded with a gala night , given by Dun­blane Casino, at­tended by 400 guests.

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