TWO volunteers have been bringing live bands back to Maybole for some three years.

And the evenings have proven to be very successful.

Margaret Ward told us: “My motivation behind this was to bring the Town Hall back to its former glory where dancing was very popular in the years gone by and to keep the Town Hall alive with live music on a monthly basis.

People come from all over Scotland including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Glenrothes as well as locals; they also come from many parts of England including London, Cumbria, etc.

“It’s bringing money into the town with people eating at local restaurants, using local shops and staying at bed and breakfast accommodation, which can only be positive for the town. Most bands I get in are mainly from North and South of Ireland.

“We do have Scottish bands and tribute bands, all equally very good and welcomed by everyone.

“It’s also encouraging local people who’ve not been out the house in years to come along to the Town Hall for a great night of dancing which everybody loves; and remember music is good for our souls.

“So, if you haven’t been to one of our music nights, do come along and join us to see what you’ve been missing.

Everyone who comes along, many on a regular basis, never go home disappointed.

“There’s also a bar available on the nights for a wee refreshment or two and we also sell raffle tickets which is very popular and some people are very kind to donate prizes.

“We’ve also raised money for charities like Cancer Research, Kidney Research, Heart Foundation, Motor Neurone, blind bowlers and an ongoing charity bucket for blind sport; the bucket is out at every dance for people to put in their loose change. Tickets are available to buy from the Town Hall, myself and my very good friend Moira Weir who helps to make these nights a great success.”

The programme for the rest of the year is: Shawn Cuddy - Friday June 21 Stephen Smyth - Friday July 5 Scotland Rocks - Saturday September 24 Barry Kirwan - Friday October 11 Barry Doyle with special guest Keelan Arbuckle - Sunday November 24 Dominic and Barry Kirwan Christmas Dance - Friday December 13.