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Angus MP Dave Doogan has visited Kirriemuir charity DD8 Music to present staff with a House of Commons Early Day Motion celebrating their many contributions to the cultural and economic life of Kirriemuir, Angus and Scotland.

The motion, lodged at Westminster over the summer, has attracted support from representatives from all corners of Scotland, and beyond. It hails the work of staff and volunteers to expand access to music for young people from all backgrounds locally, as well as the organisation of the world-renowned BonFest, the annual Kirriemuir festival which celebrates the music and life of AC/DC legend, and son of Kirriemuir, Bon Scott.

While on the visit, Mr Doogan also heard some of the challenges facing the organisation of BonFest in future years including the sustainability of funding the festival in the midst of spiralling costs.

Commenting, Scott Ferguson said:

“DD8 Music really appreciates this recognition of the work we do in Angus and for our young people who take part in our activities.

“Our music festival Bonfest may be our prominent yearly event in the area but it is the work that we do everyday that really makes DD8 Music unique - and we thank Dave for raising awareness both of this and our cause.

“Our volunteers play a pivotal role both at Bonfest and at our day to day activities so we too thank them for everything they do - without them we would not be able to achieve what we do as a charity.”

Dave Doogan said:

“I was delighted to create this formal recognition of the phenomenal efforts of DD8’s output and the tireless work of their staff and volunteers.

“DD8’s success is extraordinary and serves as an inspiration to community capacity organisations across the region representing a shining example of community spirit and creativity.

“BonFest is hugely important to Kirriemuir, Angus and Scotland – particularly taking the value to our economy into account, with around £1 million of value add generated by the festival from patrons across these islands and around the world.

“We are all duty bound to support and secure the future of this fantastic festival, and I look forward to working with DD8, local businesses and community groups to do just that.”

Full text of EDM:

"That this House commends the achievements of the volunteers running community-based charity DD8 Music in Kirriemuir; notes their outstanding work to expand access to music and music-making to young people of all backgrounds; celebrates the success of the annual BonFest music festival, created and operated by DD8, which celebrates the life and legacy of former AC/DC frontman and son of Kirriemuir, Bon Scott; recognises the cultural and financial value of BonFest to Kirriemuir, and to Scotland as a whole, with around £1 million of economic value generated by the festival; hopes that next year’s BonFest will generate further achievements for DD8, Kirriemuir and Scotland; and wishes the DD8 team, and BonFest organisers, every success for the future."

Dave Doogan with DD8 staff: Duncan Lean, Scott Ferguson, Rebecca Warne, and Luke Ritchie

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