Singers are booked into Giffnock Library

Alan Dryden and members of the singing group that meets in Giffnock Library.
Alan Dryden and members of the singing group that meets in Giffnock Library.

Members of a new singing group have been getting some unusual bookings recently – they’ve been performing in their local library.

The bookshelves have been alive to the sound of music at Giffnock Library as the adult singing group, who meet there belt out some old favourites.

The Share a Song and Sing Along sessions have been organised by East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure and they are looking for more people to come along for a good old-fashioned sing-song, every Tuesday from 2.15pm to 3.15pm.

In recent weeks, as many as 24 people have enjoyed the singing session at Giffnock Library.

Lyric sheets are handed out and the songs performed vary from pop classics like Amarillo, originally sung by Tony Christie; Summer Holiday, by Cliff Richard; The Monkees’ Daydream Believer to more tradition songs like Edelweiss; When the Saints Go Marching In and Loch Lomond. The singing sessions are led by library staff member, Alan Dryden.

Anthony McReavy, chief executive of East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure said: “It just goes to show that our libraries are not just a place to come to borrow or read books, they’re a place where people can enjoy a host of different activities and have themselves a good time.

“There are many physical and psychological benefits of singing and it certainly makes you feel good. Coming to along the group also means you can meet up with people and make new friends.”

Anthony added: “You could also say that the group sing for their supper because every session ends with a welcome cup of tea and a biscuit!”