SING-OUT for The Gate was a "night to remember".

Around 250 people turned out for The Gate Charity's first major fundraising event at Alloa Town Hall.

They enjoyed a range of musical styles from the Forth Valley Chorus, led by director David Sangster, on Saturday, February 6.

The Gate, based at The Gate Centre on Tullibody Road, provides a crisis foodbank, community cafe and more.

It is "enormously grateful" for the support received while organising the weekend's event.

Thanks to the incredible generosity found in Clackmannanshire and beyond, the tickets and programme sales from Sing-out for The Gate will go directly to the cause.

The £2000 raised will help pay the running and overhead costs necessary to keep it going.

For the fundraiser the charity was in receipt of sponsorship from businesses and individuals, covering expenses for the show.

That – combined with the kindness shown by groups like Hillfoot Harmony, which turned down a payment offered for the use of stage equipment and transport costs – has led The Gate to say a heart-felt thanks.

Ernest Sangster, a local retired minister, member of The Gate's fundraising committee and father of the chorus director, David, said the response from the community means a lot.

He went on: "Hillfoot Harmony's gesture is typical of the attitude of local businesses and anonymous individuals in the county who have sponsored the event.

"It has meant that expenses are covered to such an extent that ticket and programme sales for the show will be clean profit for The Gate.

"Two local restaurants, Bar Aldo and Mr Singhs, even agreed to open early on the night of the concert to offer specially-priced pre-show meals.

"This kind of response to the venture means a lot to us - and, of course, to the people we try to help. We are enormously grateful.

"So to everyone who sponsored us, those we know and others unknown, and to all whose presence and giving on the night mean so much to us and those we try to help, we 'Sing out for the Gate' our heart-felt thanks."