A SOLO singing performance during the Queen’s Christmas message has brought pride to a Moray coastal community.
The village of Findochty can lay claim to the vocal talents of military wife Elizabeth Eglintine, whose rendition of the Christmas carol ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ closed Her Majesty’s festive speech, heard by millions of listeners across the world.
Mrs Eglintine (32) is lead soloist for the Catterick Garrison Military Wives Choir, which topped the charts alongside four other choirs with their album, ‘In My Dreams’ and sang on stage with the likes Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney and Gary Barlow during the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations.
Her father Alec Scott (64) was brought up in Findochty before setting up home in England, and he still has family in the village and across Moray who he visits regularly.
He said watching the performance on TV with his daughter at a family gathering at their home in Washington, Tyne and Wear, brought tears of joy, and made it the perfect Christmas day.
The joy was shared back in Moray where Mr Scott’s brother, Jim, still lives, and their sister, Helen Graves, resides in Findochty.
Elizabeth’s singing talents are rooted in the family, with her cousin Toni Graves forming one half of the Ziggi and Toni musical duo who have become popular on the Moray circuit over the past few years.
Mr Scott said of his daughter’s Christmas concert: “We were all watching it at home, including Elizabeth, and it was very emotional. She was just gobsmacked. Even though it had been recorded and it was in the bag, as it were, she was shaking when it came on.
“There were a lot of tears and I think I was the worst, but the impact it had on the whole family was unbelievable.
“You can’t really top that on Christmas day.”
Mrs Eglintine was brought up in Washington, where her father settled after moving from Moray to England in search of work. He joined the air force and met his wife, Sandra, but returned to Findochty frequently to visit his parents and family.
Mr Scott’s parents, James and Helen Jane, lived in Findochty all their lives, and he has a number of cherished family photos of holidays taken to see them in his home village.
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