Weather puts paid to Ben Nevis gig plan

Pictured are some of the members of DD8 Music who were to have made the Ben Nevis trip.
Pictured are some of the members of DD8 Music who were to have made the Ben Nevis trip.

Hopes that members of a Kirriemuir music group would be able to play a gig at the top of the country’s highest mountain have been dashed.

As highlighted in last week’s Dispatch and Herald, the teenagers from DD8 Music were to have scaled Ben Nevis today (Wednesday) with their instruments - including guitars and a box drum - to take moral support and entertainment to two local brothers who are camping out at the summit. Alex and James Robbie are spending the week at the top of Nevis to raise funds for children’s charity The ARCHIE Foundation.

The weather, however, had other ideas and the unfavourable forecast for Wednesday forced organisers to call off the trip.

Led by volunteer Liz Reid, the party intended to camp overnight at Fort William and make their ascent the next morning but Graham Galloway, music development worker, said that was out of the question.

He said: “Unfortunately after looking at the forecast for Wednesday on Ben Nevis - high winds, fog and freezing temperatures - the decision was made by our group leader that we won’t be making the trip now.

“Sadly due to people already booking the time off work we’re unable to shift the walk to another day.”

The suggestion had been put forward initially by Alex who thought that the group’s visit halfway through the week would have help to lift their spirits.

A regular fund-raiser and experienced climber, Alex also came up with the idea for the expedition and enlisted the backing of James, a member of the Royal Engineers, to help with logistics.

Graham added: “Alex approached us with this crazy plan. I put it to our youth group who thought it was a great idea, and they were all up for it.”

Donations to Alex and James’s appeal can be made at www.justgiving.com/Alex-James-Robbie