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BLAIRMORE TWINS CLIONA & NUALA TO OPEN “NEW LOOK” KIRN GALA

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From Ben Lomond to Glencoe’s Buachaille Etive Mor, to Skye’s Am Basteir, which translates, grimly, as the Executioner, Scotland’s Munros are one of the Scotlands great attractions and Munro-bagging as it is known, the sport of ascending all 282 Munros – remains hugely popular attracting many thousands to Scotland each year

It was the 24th August 2008 that 6years old Blairmore twins Cliona and Nuala McCheyne came into the DCR studio with thier parents to tell of their intention to climb Ben Lomond which would be their 50thMunro (for the uninitiated a Munro is a mountain over 3000 feet). If that what not enough they set out to raise lots of money for the Schiehallion Ward at Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow which cares for children with cancer.

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This feat was even more remarkable when you realise that the twins where only 6 years old at the time and had started climbing Munro’s 2 years previous ,

Four years later in 2012 Cliona and Nuala, became the youngest ever to complete all 282 Munros . In the company of their parents, the Twins from Blairmore Dunoon had ticked them off one by one in the space of just six years.

Since then the twins have never stopped running and competing and their achievements are well documented, it is well fitting that the Kirn Gala committee give credit to the Twins and honour the youngsters for their outstanding achievements and good example representing the youth of Dunoon by asking them to open this “New Look” 22ND Kirn Gala

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DCR97.4fm asked Mum Diane to sum up what has developed with her daughters since 24th August 2008

“Cliona and Nuala have always been very active. They started climbing Scotland’s 3000′ mountains at the age of four; completing the last of the 282 peaks at the age of ten they are the youngest girls to have.

Their love of running started while competing for Strone primary school at the Cowal Police Sports and this lead them to join Inverclyde Athletic Club in 2012.

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A few months later Nuala became Scottish Primary Schools Cross Country Champion which preluded much district, national and international success over the following years. Cliona is also a talented runner with a wealth of experience winning medals at district and national level. Her favourite events are In cross country and hill running”

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GAELIC CHOIR FOR DUNOON MOD 2018?

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ALL THINGS MOD” WITH MARY & JENNIFER –Tonight the girls talk Volunteering for the Mod 2018 and how you can help, they will also be talking Gaelic Choirs and discussing  the new hope for A DUNOON GAELIC CHOIR

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A week ago Gill Toosey a recent newcomer to Dunoon came into the DCR97.4fm John Street studio to discuss her Novel “In Mysterious ways”. Off air conversations with presenter Victor regards to her music interest led to Gill sharing with the listeners her idea of looking at reviving the  Dunoon Gaelic Choir which has been welcomed by the local Mod Committee.

Gill told listeners of a prayer from the Carmina Gadelica by Alexander Carmichael and how she is composing music for some of the beautiful poems and prayers including a prayer featured in her book “In Mysterious Ways” called “Gods Aid”

Gill also hopes to take an active part in DCR and will start her on –the-job- training by joining the DCR Broadcasting Team next week in our busiest week of the year promoting on Wednesday the Kirn Gala,

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The following day Thursday we broadcast live from the Dunoon Presents “Sunset Ceremony” this year featuring a favourite in Dunoon and a great opportunity if you didn’t manager to get to her recent Dunoon sell out concert  the lovely Maggie Reilly with Stuart MacKillop and band,

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Also taking to the stage will be the exciting and very popular Ayr Soprano Songstress and X Factor contestant Nicola Cassells,

Nicola is taking a de-tour from her UK singing commitments to join us here in Dunoon.

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The Cowal Community Orchestra will be making their second visit to the “Sunset Ceremony”.

We will also be joined by Traditional Scottish Entertainer Tom Irvine and much more!

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After the Sunset Parade it’s covering the Gig at Mac Clure’s Bar where The Beer Stalkers are playing featuring DCR97.4fm presenter Mark Boland, that should give Gill an insight to what we do, met the rest of the team , done a little broadcasting and she should be ready for The Cowal Highland Gathering………and she will get to meet Derek ———-Tune in and listen out for our newest volunteer and Derek

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“THE DUNOON PROJECT” RECEIVES ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORT

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Over three hundred folk went along on Tuesday to the Burgh Hall to see information explaining this new exciting initiative known as The Dunoon Project. In the early evening Nick Ferguson CBE presented the project to a packed Burgh Hall and answered over twenty questions on all aspects of the project

Listeners will remember at the beginning of the month Neil Alexander taking time out of his 100th programme to inform every one of this project and encouraging listeners to go along on the 15TH August to show the folk behind this new initiative that the community is interested and will support  new ideas and projects that will that will help our “wee” town.

The new project is to bring about a Cable Car and Zip wire for Dunoon.

To make this project happen the orgainising group have asked for community support and say it won’t cost a penny to the local community, they explain in………… .

This exciting project is designed to belong to the community. The community can get involved and help make this a reality.

Brendon Wallace, the founder and managing Partner of BC technologies, has been living in the area for the last fifteen years. As a keen mountain-biker, his hobby has taken him all over the UK and he has witnessed many exciting developments that have brought prosperity to rural areas. He recognised that Dunoon and the surrounding area was perfectly placed and had many attributes to make it an ideal location for similar developments.
The vision is to install a cable car system from Dunoon to the top of hills above the town. At the top will be a visitor heritage centre and café. This will provide access to the hills and its spectacular views over the Clyde to young and old alike. It will also allow many visitors either walking or on bikes to take advantage of the many stunning trails that for many are too high to reach. However, that’s not all. His vision also includes bringing exciting activities like a world class Zip Line and an Alpine Coaster so families can race down the hills or the less adventurous can stick with the Cable Car.
To this end, Brendon has pulled together a team of people from business and the local community with the passion and skills to see how to make this happen.

The below website gives more details and also allows you to show your support for the project or ask questions.

Come along on the 15th to the Burgh Hall during the day from 12 noon for more information or come along at 6pm where Nick Ferguson CBE will be presenting to the community this project.

www.thedunoonproject.org.uk

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A 50TH ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE TO THE OFF SHORE RADIO STATIONS OF THE 60S

JOIN US HERE ON DUNOON  COMMUNITY RADIO AS WE REMEMBER MONDAY 14th AUGUST 1967 THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE “MARINE OFFENCES ACT” AN ACT TO SUPRESS BROADCASTING FROMSHIPS,AIRCRAFT AND CERTAIN MARINE STRUCTURES AS WE PLAY TUNES FROM THE DECADE “WHERE IT STARTED”

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5.00PM TLLLVLBS PLAYING TRIBUTE EACH NIGHT MONDAY TO THURSDAY “THE SOUNDS OF THE SIXTIES” WITH VINNIE THOMS

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10PM – MIDNIGHT KATE’ TONIGHT “MIXTAPE” MORE SOUNDS FROM THE “PIRATE RADIO DAY’S” AS VIEWED BY KATE MORVERN REID

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MONDAY MIDNIGHT THE WHOLE 3 HOUR PROGRAMME WITH MARK STAFFORD VIA  OUR FRIENDS AT CELTIC MUSIC RADIO 95FM

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“Please Don’t Take Them Away …..The Story Of The Great British Pirate Era”

On Monday August 14th 2017 it will be exactly 50 years since probably the most exciting era in British Commercial Radio came to an end, with the introduction of the UK Government’s Marine Offence Act.

During the previous three years British Radio Listeners had seen a complete transformation in their radio landscape. In place of the limited pop music choice offered by the BBC Light Programme, listeners learned to love Offshore Radio Stations such as Radio Caroline, Radio London, Swinging Radio England, Radio 270 and many more 50 years on, for those who experienced that period the great memories still remain                 So much so that even the mighty BBC are dedicating some time on BBC Radio 2 to commemorate the anniversary.

 

However, as part of the Stafford’s World series of free Syndicated Radio Programmes, Mark Stafford has produced a three hour look at the full story of those great radio days in the form of …..
“Please Don’t Take Them Away …..The Story Of The Great British Pirate Era”

The 3 hour documentary show builds on previous radio documentaries on this subject that Mark has produced over the years. These have been featured on many radio stations all over the world. However, this is newly revised version is a new take on this fascinating story.

The documentary includes exclusive interviews with many of the leading names who broadcast from around the coast of Britain during that era. These include…. Dave Cash, Robbie Dale, Tony Prince, Roger “Twiggy” Day, Don Allen, Johnnie Walker, Carl Conway, John Peel, Martin Kayne and other presenters who made the era what it was.

The 3 hour story also features countless off air extracts and a soundtrack showcasing the great music played on the Offshore Stations.

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OVER 100 RADIO STATIONS ARE GOING TO BE BROADCASTING THIS IN AUGUST 2017

 

“Please Don’t Take Them Away …..The Story Of The Great British Pirate Era”

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DOGTOOTH START REVIVAL WEEKENDER WITH DCR97.4 FM’s TRISH THEN DUNOON’S VICTORIA BAR

Dunoon’s Victoria Bar along with The Oakbank Bar in Sandband were the “Chosen Two” who were selected to open the fourth Revival Weekender this weekend.

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Before the Gig at the Victoria Bar and after a very lively (a Set in itself) Sound check,  John, Craig and Robert called into the DCR97.4fm John Street broadcasting Studio where Rock Presenter Trish was waiting to introduce the Band to her listeners in a special “Mods & Rockers” edition of her award winning radio programme  “What Ever Rocks Your Boat”

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Dunoon’s Victoria Bar along with The Oakbank Bar in Sandband where the “Chosen Two” who were selected to open the fourth Revival Weekender this weekend.

DCR97.4fm  deja’s Sammy, Luke and Vinnie entertained before Dogtooth and for the After Party.

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Before the Gig and after a very lively (a Set in itself) Sound check,  John, Craig and Robert called into the DCR97.4fm John Street broadcasting Studio where Rock Presenter Trish was waiting to introduce the Band to her listeners in a special “Mods & Rockers” edition of her award winning radio programme  “What Ever Rocks Your Boat”

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We think everyone took Vinnie Thoms “No Dancing In The Aisles” far to literally as it was standing room  only at the Victoria Bar which proved to be a great music venue with great sound and a very lively and appreciative audience so much so that after a superb set with cries and appeals for more the band did not just one but several encores until their management brought the Gig to a very satisfactory end (apparently because of their age which we all tend to forget–certain Mary Poppins rules still apply)

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GETTING READY FOR REVIVAL WEEKENDER

DCR97.4FM DJ CREW LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU TONIGHT IN DUNOONS VICTORIA BAR AS THEY WARM UP FOR THE 1ST NIGHT OF DUNOON’S   REVIVAL WEEKENDER AS DOGTOOTH KICK OFF THE EVENT.

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DCR97.4 Deja’s Sammy and Luke will be playing MOD, SKA, REGGAE & MOTOWN followed by a SHORT DJ Set of Northern Soul by “NO DANCING IN THE ISLES” presenter VINNIE THOMS who, not only remembers them from the 70s but was playing a lot of them the first time around.

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LOCAL AUTHOR & A MYSTERIOUS NOVEL

Local author Gill Toosey is inviting every one to come and meet her this Saturday at her book-signing of ‘In Mysterious Ways’ at Dunoon’s Bookpoint.

She came into Dunoon to hand a flyer about her book-signing event to the Dunoon Observer and ended up in the local radio station with Victor

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The distributed flyers for her book-signing in Dunoon gave a wee insight into her novel

Here is an extract:-

‘Isla positioned her hands on the keyboard and then she began.Big chords in the opening bars and she was in another world – no man needed now. She closed her eyes as she played and thought of Euan’s kisses when they had been together in Oxford. She could almost feel the sun on her face again and remembered the image of the two of them sitting kissing in the gardens. This was indeed passion without a man! A few moments later, she finished and sighed gently.
” Isla, are you there? Have you played it? Oh this is infuriating – I want to be there with you!
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Yes, I have finished the Warsaw concerto and it was great . Phew!
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Not fair, all this passion without me Isla.”

 

book-signing of ‘In Mysterious Ways’ at Bookpoint Dunoon on Saturday 11am -2.pm

 

NATIONAL BE NAKED (ON THE RADIO) DAY

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You may remember a few weeks ago our good friends Juliette and Ivan Gill Scottish spokespersons for the British Naturism told us about the forthcoming as it was then National Be Naked Day and encouraged listeners to go on to the Website and consider participating in the privacy of their own homes or Studio.

They even suggested “nay” they challenged,  they dared Dunoon Community Radio Presenters to encourage listeners to participate by presenting their programmes in “the altogether”

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DCR97.4 presenter Kate Morvern Reid never one to side step a dare stepped forward, even though Kate has performed to thousands of festival audiences all over the UK and Europe she  said she has never shared being naked publicly before even on the radio .

Last week Kate’s two hour mid-week programme was spent convincing herself and her listeners of the benefits that could transpire from doing a special Saturday “Be Naked” programme.

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Did she pull it off –Listen  in Monday 7th August at 8.00pm when Kate’s usual repeat of her 2 hour mid-week programme goes out here on DCR97.4FM  and is then followed by her special Saturday 5th August “Be Naked “ programme

NEIL’S LIVE “MORNING BREAK” CELEBRATES 100th PROGRAMME WITH EXCITING NEWS FOR DUNOON

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NEIL ALEXANDER celebrates his 100th Programme this morning, but he want’s no fuss, no telegrams and no cake just a cosy chat with his listener and good banter.                                                                                                                                     Neil will of course be bringing you a light hearted look at what’s happening out and about this week with a close eye on the Ferry situation, comments on the World of Cinema, Books and sometimes the cheeky bits from the newspapers and of course “A Scottish Word”.

As a wee treat this morning and to make sure you are fully up to date with what’s happenning locally he will be telling you about a new initiative here in Dunoon put together by local entrepreneur’s to install a cable car system from Dunoon to the top of hills above the town.  At the top there will be a visitor heritage centre and café.

 

This will provide access to the hills and its spectacular views over the Clyde for young and old alike. It will also allow many visitors either walking or on bikes to take advantage of the many stunning trails that for many are too high to reach. However, that’s not all.

Their vision also includes bringing exciting activities like a world class Zip Line and an Alpine Coaster so families can race down the hills or the less adventurous can stick with the Cable Car.

If you like Jazz you will love this if you don’t like Jazz it’s still worth listening to

LYNN CARTER ASTROLOGER-AUGUST

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HERE WE ARE AT THE START OF A NEW MONTH – On the first Wednesday of each month our resident Astrologer Lynn Carter  calls into the John Street Studio to tell us what she reads in the Star Events Chart — Each of us are born with an eclipse close to our date of birth.

During the month of August we will have two eclipses. The first will occur on the 7/8/17. This is a Luna Eclipse at 15 Aqiarius. This will place the Sun at 15 Leo. For thoes of you who know your charts the Sun’s placement will be the focus of whatever started 18 months ago.
On 21/8/17 there will be a Solar Eclipse at 28 Leo. The Sun and Moon are together and something new is starting, a seed is being planted. How things work out will be better understood at it’s first quarter on 22/5/18.

If you would like to contact Lynne and maybe ask a question the e-mail is lynne.horoscopes@btinternet.com

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LAST EVER UNDERGROUND BROADCAST WITH GREG GIRARD

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All good things come to an end so they say! Well the time has come for me to finish up doing UnderGround BroadCast.

Over the last 6 months I have struggled trying to find the time and energy to fully commit to the show so rather than continue and not do my best I have decided to end on a 5 year high.

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When we first got invited onto the then AIR radio station in Dunoon I knew that I wanted to start somthing that I woul be proud of. As I blagged my way onto promo lists and got lucky with some great DJ’s coming and speaking to me I knew I had something special.

Over the years I have seen loads of radio shows come online so in an ever saturated market it was always going to be hard to continue doing what we were doing without devoting more and more time which I unfortunately don’t have anymore.

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I would like to thank all the listerners to the show, all the promo people behind the scenes and all the artists that continue to provide the music that keeps our techno community alive!

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Finally I would to sincerely thank the managers at Fnoob Techno Radio who gave me a slot and for their support over the yeasrs. I wish you all the best for the future and know you continue to provide an excellent platform for techno music.

Stay Techno

Greg

Listening link
http://fnoobtechno.com/radio

Past shows
https://soundcloud.com/undergroundbroadcast
https://www.mixcloud.com/greg-girard/

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DUNOON BURGH HALL PLAYERS & SCDA’S CAROLE WILLIAMS WITH FIRST DRAMA WORKSHOP.

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If you are amongst the many listeners who listened to and enjoyed the Weegie Wednesday stories that DCR97.4FM broadcast via the Hospital Broadcasting Service and included as part of Robert Craws Showtime Spectacular shows you will welcome the latest update from the local Burgh Hall Players

The group was formed last Autumn 2016 with support and assistance from Ann Campbell and Jenny Hunter of the Burgh Hall Trust and held their first AGM in April of this year

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The Players plan to rehearse in the Burgh Hall and to put on several more plays there this year and to build on the success of the sell-out performance of the play A Bit Of Land which took place in June.

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The Burgh Hall Players have since joined the prestigious Scottish Community Drama Association (SCDA), with a view to reviving a long tradition in Cowal of not just performing but also entering drama competitions.

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This weekend saw seventeen of the Burgh Hall Players welcoming Carole Williams from SCDA to lead the first drama workshop and Dunoon Community Radio presenter Victor experienced his very first drama workshop DCR97.4FM welcomes members of the players to the John Street broadcasting studio where the players will soon be presenting regular programmes to keep listeners up to date

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GAELIC CHOIR CEOLRAIDH FROM ARGENTINA SET SIGHTS ON 2018 DUNOON ROYAL NATIONAL MOD

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Created in August 2002, the Argentine choir Ceòlraidh is the only choir in Latin America devoted exclusively to performing traditional Scottish songs in Gaelic.

Ceòlraidh have been invited to participate in the Royal National Mod to be held in Dunoon 12-20 October 2018. After 15 years sharing their music locally, they would love to be able  to travel to Dunoon compete in the Mod and share their music with us all.

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To travel from Argentina to Dunoon and to compete in the Royal National Mod is going to be very expensive, to help with the cost they are looking to see if any of the good folk of Cowal could possibly help by providing accommodation and help with local transport and in return they will be willing to sing at other venues or concerts out with the Mod activities

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To learn more  and listen to Ceòlraidh

http://www.coroceolraidh.com.ar

 

 

LYNN CARTER -ASTROLOGER

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On the first Wednesday of each month our resident Astrologer Lynn Carter  calls into the John Street Studio to tell us what she reads in the Star Events Chart — Each of us are born with an eclipse close to our date of birth. Here is one such eclipse meaning. ” Its energy is about large ambitious group projects. These will require a separation or the breaking of a bond that already exists. The individual may well experience the eclipse initially as a separation and then joint achievement” (Predictive Astrology. Brady) This eclipse belongs to Theresa May. The task to oversee Brexit has fallen to her. there is something far larger than ourselves at work here. We are all in the hands of the cosmos as each of our charts are activated.

 

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OLIVIA SUPPORTING LITTLE PRINCESS TRUST

 

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Eleven years old Dunoon Primary School pupil Olivia came into the dcr broadcasting studio to tell listeners why she decided to have 19″ of her hair cut  off at Hillfoot streets Cutting Edge by Carol.

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Raising Funds for the Little Princess Trust Olivia is hoping that  listeners will help and there are Sponsor forms in Hillfoot Primary School and the  Hillfoot Mod Shop

 

INTRODUCING GAELIC IN PARENT & TODDLER GROUP “COWAL GAIDHLIG”

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DCR97.4FM & GUEST AT MINI ARGYLL RALLY HUB AT BANDSTAND

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Here is more information of the “Dunoon Presents.” Mini Hub taking place at Bandstand Argyll Gardens to complement the ARGYLL RALLY MAIN HUB at the Dunoon Stadium- cars pits etc.

The Mini Hub will take place between 10.00am to 3.30pm.—–

In the Garden will be Assorted STALLS with T-Shirts and Memorabilia, Choux Makes Cakes, kiddie stuff novelty, Food, Face Painting Speciality stalls etc.

Entertainment in the gardens in front of the Bandstand will be provided by THE COWAL BATON SWIRLERS and TINA CAIRNS HIGHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCING . ———–

ON THE BAND STAND—

DCR97.4FM will relay Rally Information to keep you up to date

MCd by Mr Dunoon Personality 2017 ALEX POLLOCK with his famous Traditional Sing Along Alex will be introducing  Guest including Dunoon’s very own—–

Singer Guitarist LIAM SOMERVILLE,

and a big a return to Dunoon of  Scotland’s Top Indie Psychedelic Seven Piece Band AZURE HALO

DCR97.4 FM ON THE BAND STAND  10.30AM  -  3.30PM

THE DCR97.4FM ROADSHOW with djs “SAMMY” “GAULTY’S FIONA” “MARK BOLAND” “IAIN MCKIE”

ALL TIMES APPROX

10.00am– MC ALEX POLLOCK,

12.00PM– COWAL BATON TWIRLERS,

1.00PM —TINA CAIRNS SCHOOL OF HIGHLAND DANCING

1.30PM —DUNOON’S VERY OWN LIAM SOMERVILLE

2.45PM—SCOTLANDS TOP INDIE/PSYCHEDELIC BAND

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DYFL GALA DAY 2017 A GREAT SUCCESS AS PART OF A GREAT DAY IN DUNOON

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From the moment the Mini Kickers started the day’s proceedings by kicking off at 10.00am a Gala Football day of great promise did not let down. For those folk who came along to see football no one can say they were disappointed from Mini Kickers to Juniors to Youth a living testament to all the Coaches and volunteers at DYFL .

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A huge thank you is Deserved to all players, coaches , children and everyone who helped or came out to watch Saturdays gala day proceedings & Medal & certificate presentation. The grand total made from donations , raffle/tombola & football top auction was over £1200 …

 

 

TODAY’S THE DAY TWO GREAT EVENTS IN DUNOON

 

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