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By Fiona Reid
Lockerbie and Lochmaben

LOCKERBIE’S Gala principals are set to show off their vocal talents this weekend at an all singing, all dancing event.

The Gala and ROM committee have teamed up with Rev Sandy Stoddart at the Dryfesdale Church to create the town’s first ever Songs of Praise.

Organiser Bev Jardine said: “Dryfesdale Church have recently under taken a lot of work looking at how they can reach all areas of the community and one suggested idea was the church playing a bigger role in Lockerbie Gala festivities.

“The gala committee also got thinking about which areas of our community we were missing when we plan our events.

“Songs of Praise seemed like a good opportunity to bring folk together from all faith groups in the town and mix with the principals and others in the community.”

She added: “This is the first Lockerbie Songs of Praise, however other towns like Moffat and Dumfries have a Songs of Praise annually, so we thought we would give it a try and hopefully it will be very successful and well attended.”

Local soloists will take centre stage to perform as well as 2015 principals and gala committee members.

The Dryfesdale Church Choir will also perform well known hymns for everyone to sing along to and refreshments will be served after the performance.

Gala chairman Ian McLatchie said: “We are really excited to be introducing this new event to our Gala calendar.

“We want gala events to be inclusive of all the whole community, but in true gala style this will still be an informal and fun event.

“Hopefully the community will really get behind Songs of Praise and show it lots of support and it can become an annual event.”

Songs of Praise takes place at Dryfesdale Church on Sunday evening from 6.30 pm.

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