On the 25th of February, the Millenium Centre, Stranraer, played host to a very special gig. 'Jam for Jim' brought together six bands with the headliner Hamilton - a tribute to the band's late lead singer.
Jim Hamilton was born and bred in Stranraer and spent his life recording and performing music, his success earning him a well-deserved reputation as a local legend.
During the 70's you would have caught Jim appearing on most of the European and UK television stations, or touring Europe alongside stars like Linda Ronstadt and Mungo Jerry. He even once recorded a record at the famous Abbey Road!
Later Jim would go on to own his own music venue, where his band the Hamiltons entertained crowds for years and where he offered advice and encouragement to newcomers on the scene.
Jim was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in May 2015 before passing on the 1st September 2021. His son, Ritchie, took his father's place in the Hamiltons for the performance. Music runs in the family and Ritchie also opened the show with his own band, the Flashes.
Ritchie said, "Even though we lived a fair distance apart at times, Dad and I were always pretty close. There was always music in the house - a healthy record collection and lots of guitars. He would show me chords and help out if I was stuck learning a song. He even gave me and my friends the opportunity to play live with his band which was a great learning experience.
Alzheimer Scotland provided huge support, not only to my dad while he was living with dementia, but just as importantly to my mum and the rest of the family during a very challenging time. I’m delighted that any monies raised from our tribute gig will go to supporting other families right here in Scotland"
'Jam for Jim' sold out within hours of tickets going on sale and raised £2,300 in the process.