Hall packed for Jamie Taggart fund-raiser

jamie filmA total of £1,000 was raised to help the search for missing botanist Jamie Taggart at a special film screening last night.

Cove Burgh Hall was full to capacity to see Sunshine on Leith in an event organised by Cove and Kilcreggan Film Society.

Featuring songs by the Proclaimers, the critically acclaimed film drew visitors from as far afield as Glasgow.

All profits – which were swelled by donations from the public – will go to the search fund.

Film society chairperson Val Walker said: “I’m just bowled over by the support from the community, and by the generosity of everyone who attended.”

Jamie (42), a volunteer firefighter who runs the internationally renowned Linn Gardens in Cove and was on a plant-hunting expedition in northern Vietnam when he disappeared on November 1.

Jamie Taggart
Jamie Taggart

Since February 5 search parties have again been combing the mountainous Hoang Lien national park, concentrating on two specific areas which were identified for further exhaustive search.

Donations have also been made via collecting cans which are available in  shops around the Rosneath Peninsula, and directly to the Friends of the Linn, who are liaising with the authorities in Vietnam.

Contributions can be made by a cheque made payable to ‘Friends of the Linn’ with the words, written on the back, “’for Jamie’.

The cheque should be sent to Mrs Rie Bellamy, treasurer, Friends of the Linn, Portkil House, Kilcreggan, Helensburgh, G84 0LF.

If a payment is to be made through a bank the details are as follows: Friends of the Linn, Bank of Scotland, Helensburgh branch, sort code 800831, account no 00704064. Again the words ‘for Jamie’ should be used.

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