Charity will begin at home

Provost Jim Leishman will host a major fundraising event at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews.
Provost Jim Leishman will host a major fundraising event at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews.

Fife’s Provost Jim Leishman is known for being a man with a big heart when it comes to fundraising, and next month St Andrews will benefit from his energy and enthusiasm.

On November 2 the town’s Byre Theatre will open for what will be one of the first big community events since being taken over by the University of St Andrews.

‘Jim Leishman and Friends’ will see the well-known former football manager and Provost of Fife, take to the stage with some very entertaining friends - and every penny raised will go to three designated charities in the town.

The event, which begins at 3pm, has been organised by the Hamish McHamish Foundation which has decided proceeds will go to St Andrews Colts Community Football Club, the Byre Youth Theatre and the Hamish Foundation Santa’s Grotto at the Byre in December.

Jim explained the idea for the variety show came about when he met members of the Foundation at the unveiling of the Hamish McHamish statue in St Andrews.

He said: “I was delighted to be asked then if I would like to be involved in an event in aid of local groups. With my football background I was really pleased one of the groups was St Andrews Colts, while I’m also delighted that the youth theatre will also benefit as I’m part of a very musical family and my late wife Mary was a great singer.

“I’m really pleased Vicki Robertson and Kim Shepherd, who are both great actresses and singers, are going to come along.”

Jim explained the event will be hosted by Jason Barber who will host a ‘tongue in cheek’ Q&A session.

Guests include Jim’s good friends Willie Allan, a PE teacher at Buckhaven High School, and ‘the world’s fastest man’ George McNeill, who are both well-known speakers.

“I have known these guys a long time and they are great entertainers,” said Jim.

Other entertainers include the university’s The Other Guys as well as the Gilbert & Sullivan Society.

Charity spokesperson Linda Anne Beaulier said: “ This is a very generous gesture by Jim and his guests to put on the afternoon’s entertainment for the town. This will be a very special afternoon .”

For tickets, which cost £20, call 07582 750436.