We had a lovely time on Saturday in Helensburgh presenting accordion player Peter Logue with our first Services to Charity Award. Peter is a musician from Helensburgh who has enduring health problems but has never let it him getting out and busking to raise money for other people. Read about him here.
Below is my speech to present Peter.
Peter Logue – what a guy, what an inspiration! Sir Jimmy Shand would have been proud to hear that his music has inspired another musician to take up the accordion and then use his talents to help so many people.
As we know Peter has not got his troubles to seek but when many of us would just lie down Peter has stood up and shown us the way. £2000 for local charities by busking is ‘a lot of chicken’ and Glasgow City Mission Foodbank, the Salvation Army, Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre and Oxfam are some of the beneficiaries. The way Peter sees it is even when takings are low he is playing for a sandwich and some soup for someone who needs it.”
So I am here this morning representing Hands Up for Trad and celebrating the beautiful contribution Peter makes to Scottish life. This is our very first Services to Charity Award and it couldn’t have gone to a more deserving person. So let’s hear it for Peter Logue!