KILMAURS AND District YFC have been busy these past winter months preparing for their annual concert with a virtual twist.

Over 30 members joined the cast, including some who had never taken part in the annual showcase – all determined not to let the clubs’ highlight of the year become another casualty of the pandemic.

Concert secretary Lynne Carrick explained: “Like many other clubs, we were devastated when our concert was cancelled due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

“So, when our producer, Robert Dykes, approached us with his idea of a virtual concert we were delighted. Our committee loved the idea and thought it would be a great way to keep members busy over the winter months,” she continued.

“Despite our enthusiasm, we had no idea if a virtual concert would be popular on social media, or indeed, how to create a virtual concert for social media. We were not disappointed, with our cast coming together to prepare seven different videos.

“Showcasing all the elements of a traditional Kilmaurs concert: singing, dancing, sketches and some laughter when we needed it most,” she explained.

The club was blown away by the reception they received on Facebook by members and friends. Six videos were shared over the course of three evenings commencing on Thursday February 4.

“Despite the different format, it still took months of preparing and getting the concert ready and it would not have made it to the screen if it hadn’t been for the many hours Zoë Wilson spent editing our videos, especially the dodgy dance moves,” continued Lynne.

“It may not have been a normal year, but it has certainly been a concert week that our Kilmaurs YFC will never forget.”

Kilmaurs and District secretary Cara Gilbert added that the concert was a great way to boost morale after what had been a difficult year for the club without the usual YFC activities: “Our committee have been really keen to keep members involved with the club throughout lockdown this year. We thought the virtual concert would be a fantastic new way to get everyone back together over the winter to create something fun for social media."

Club chairman Andrew Nisbet thanked everyone for their support in putting the concert together and welcomed everyone to join them next year back on stage at the Palace Theatre in Kilmarnock.