Wed 12 Apr, 2017

Glen McGill

Glenrothes Central and Thornton

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The Performing Arts - not as essential as having food on your table, shelter, heat, security.

But with more than 20 years of involvement with the local amateur and professional arts scene, I recognise the value and the contribution of the Arts to our communities and our daily lives.

In its simplest form it can be seen as entertainment - a distraction from the day-to-day routine.

Yet involvement in drama, dance, comedy, musical theatre and the likes can be the very making of some young lives. Not everyone excels academically or has a talent for sports. Working together with others on a production, a performance, can be key to developing confidence, becoming socially aware instead of awkward, accepted instead of outcast.

Youngsters develop key skills for life - interviews, interaction, involvement with different age groups.

Whether as an active member, a helper or an audience-goer, these groups provide a valuable social link for people throughout their lives and at all ages.

Music is one of the strongest memories for our elderly population and provides comfort and reassurance when words no longer suffice.

So whilst the Arts may not be the first priority for funding or support, I will always speak up for the benefits, the merits and the need to maintain Arts provision in Fife.

We have a proud track record to celebrate and can continue to be one of Scotland's strongest providers of music, drama, entertainment and education.

'Bring Me Sunshine' as Eric always sang.

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