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Skickats till skotsk media 6/10 2005


"Top Scots band Runrig is to play a special benefit concert in Times Square, New York, in aid of Glasgow the Caring City charity (GtCC).

The concert will take place in the brand new Nokia Theatre on the 4th April 2006 as part of the Tartan Week celebrations.

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Pipe Band will also take part in the event which will be followed on the Wednesday by a Scotland for Africa breakfast.

GtCC CEO Rev Neil Galbraith said:

“Tartan Week is a huge celebration of everything that is Scottish and we are delighted to be involved.

“This concert is the culmination of months of hard work and planning by both the band and the charity. Representatives from the charity and the band have just returned from New York after talks with leading promoter Trevanna Entertainment.

“The money raised will not only benefit GtCC and our partners World Emergency Relief together with the British Memorial Garden Foundation, but also the New York Fire Department. Some of the money will be presented to them to help with their raising of funds for the relief operation following the devastation in the US southern states.

“It is an exciting time for everyone involved.”

A spokesman for Runrig said:

“We are thrilled to once again be working with the charity. It will be our first time playing in New York and we are delighted that we will be able to combine fundraising with the taking part in the Tartan week celebrations.”

GtCC have been financially aided by Harlequin Leisure in Glasgow and British Airways but are still seeking further sponsors.

Ticket information will follow in due course."

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