HAPPY birthday Kirkintilloch – that was the message from a Scottish singing sensation as she helped the burgh celebrate its 800th anniversary.
Moira Anderson introduced Kirkintilloch Male Voice Choir at the G66+ Live festival on Friday evening.
Moira said: “It’s lovely to be invited back to my home town, which I have never forgotten.
“It’s a privilege and it is also nice to remember my roots and the people that set me off on a career that has been so wonderful.”
The former Lenzie Academy pupil started singing in a group called the Robins before joining Kirkintilloch Junior Choir, where she got the chance to appear on a TV show with Walt Disney and work with a variety of top musicians including Sir George Martin, the legendary Beatles producer.
The talented singer became a household name in the 1960s and 70s through her hit shows ‘Can’t Help Singing’, ‘Moira Anderson Sings’, ‘World of Music’ and ‘Stars on Sunday’.
She continued: “It was a wonderful time. Your career takes you everywhere and a lot of people said I should have moved to London, but my heart was always in Scotland.
“I’ve always kept a connection with Kirkintilloch.”
Moira, who received an OBE in 1970 for her services to music, has performed around the world, appearing on shows with Morecambe and Wise, Harry Secombe, Les Dawson, Roy Orbison and Liberace to name just a few.
However, she added: “It’s been a great privilege to be born here, that was the start of it all. The town seemed to be musical, all my friends were in the choir and we just loved it. I never envisaged a career in music and had it not been for the fact I was born in this town it might not have happened.”