Kirriemuir music group DD8 Music have been celebrating after achieving national recognition at an awards ceremony hosted by the BBC.
The Epic Awards reception, at Mediacity UK in Salford, Manchester, saw voluntary arts groups from across the UK and Ireland meet to share their success
An annual initiative run by Voluntary Arts, the awards shine a spotlight on excellence and achievement in voluntary and amateur arts as well as champion creative cultural participation.
The team from Kirrie were runners-up for Scotland but took the award for Exceptional Work with Young People in recognition of activities including open jamming sessions and support for local bands as well as Live in the Den, its annual open-air concert in Kirrie Den which allows local groups to showcase their talent.
Graham Galloway, development officer, said: “The Epic awards winners’ reception was fantastic, and great that we were able to bring some of our young people down to it as well. It’s always great to get recognition for the work we do and seeing the calibre of the other people who won an award, some of the other projects are phenomenal, so to be in the same category as them is just great.”
Volunteer Elizabeth Reid also said she found the entire event inspiring as well as a chance to perhaps develop future projects.
She continued: “I was speaking to Kirkcudbright Art and Craft Trail, who were the Epic Winners, and they said they’d like to incorporate a bit of music in their trail, and it would be nice for us to have a bit of craft, so there’s a possibility of collaboration.”
Member Kieran Hollins, 18, added that the project has had a positive spin-off for him in more ways than just musically.
He said: “I feel more part of a community than I did before I joined DD8, because it brings lots of young people together. My music skills have improved greatly; I played a little bit of guitar before I came here, but being around other people who play music it really pushes you. It was great going to the Epic Award ceremony and a great feeling when we won the Young People’s Award.”