Bo’ness Belles CD jingles all the way

Bo'ness Belles released a Christmas album for charity
Bo'ness Belles released a Christmas album for charity

A talented group of singers will be rocking around the Christmas tree this year-all to the dulcet tones of their own sound track.

The Bo’ness Belles put together a special Christmas album, featuring five well known festive tracks, in order to raise money for the Falkirk Autistic Bairns charity.

The group of ladies, mainly from the Bo’ness area, regularly perform in care homes and sheltered housing complexes to entertain the residents and they thought it would be a good idea to make a CD they could listen to in the festive period.

The album includes five popular Christmas songs; White Christmas, Merry Christmas Everyone, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Winter Wonderland and O Holy Night.

Local businesses and organisations will be selling the CD in and around Bo’ness in order for people to pick up a copy to take home.

The Town Bistro, Branches, The Baby Box, Rock ‘n’ Rolls, Riddells Garage, Pink Magpie & Little Beau Peep are all stocking the album and all members of the Bo’ness Belles will be able to hook you up with a copy as well.

Jeni Mallace is from Bo’ness and set up the choir a couple of years ago with the intention of doing festive concerts at some local care homes, but the ladies have branched out with their CD and even done a round of summer concerts earlier this year.

She said: “We want to bring some joy into their lives so we go in for an hour or so.

“They absolutely love it. You can see the difference from when we walk in to the care home, they’re a bit tired and not really wanting to get involved but after we’ve sung a couple of songs they’re joining in and asking us to do more.”

When the choir sing they like to put on a real performance for their audience, and specifically tailor their repertoire to suit. She said songs like Hello Dolly and Moon River go down well but Disney songs are always a hit with the crowd.

There are 17 volunteers in the choir aged between 20 and 50 and most live in Bo’ness but some travel from Edinburgh and Bathgate just to sing.

You can catch the Bo’ness Belles at a range of public events throughout the Christmas season. On Saturday, November 21 the group are performing in the town centre for the Christmas tree lights switch on and on Saturday, December 19 they will open a special screening of 1940’s film The Shop Around the Corner at the Hippodrome Cinema.