Charity disco to take place in memory of Strabane man

A SPECIAL charity disco in memory of a Strabane man who passed away over four years ago is returning this weekend.

The ‘70s/80s for Aiden’ night is being held in the Fir Trees Hotel this Saturday night. As well as celebrating the life of 36-year-old Aiden McAteer who passed away in February 2014 following a brave battle with cancer, the event will also raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma NI. Since its inception, the event has already raised thousands of pounds.

In the aftermath of his passing, his friends came together to pay tribute a man fondly remembered for his love of all things ‘80s. Like last year, the theme has been extended to include the 1970s.

Organiser, Mickey Ferry, a good friend of Mr McAteer – who will also DJ on the night – said: “We’re back for a fifth successive ‘Eighties for Aiden’ this year and it will be taking place once again at the Fir Trees Hotel on Saturday, November 24.

“After three great years of classic ‘80s music and amazing outfits we thought we'd branch it out last year and made it a ‘70s/80s night - more great outfits, more great music so it was a no-brainer really. And what a special night it was!

“This annual event is, of course, in memory of Aiden McAteer. In February 2014, Strabane sadly lost a good friend and the McAteer family lost an amazing brother and son as Aiden sadly passed away following a brave battle with Leukaemia.”

Paying tribute to the late Mr McAteer, Mickey added: “Throughout his illness and treatment, Aiden’s attitude and positive spirit never faltered. That legendary smile was forever present as he greeted people just like he always did. His positivity is a lasting memory that continues to inspire.

“Aiden traveled far and wide and made his mark everywhere he went. He also worked in many establishments in Strabane. Simply put - he knew everybody and everybody knew him. And anybody who really knew Aiden knew that he liked all things 1980s. With that in mind we decided to host an ‘80s night in memory of ‘St Aiden of the Smile’ with all proceeds going towards Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI.”

With four forgettable nights already, this year’s event is shaping up to be the best yet with great music and fashions from the 1970s now added to the colourful mix.

“So now you can have extra fun thinking of something to wear, with the Abba-tastic, glam, disco and punk swag of the ‘70s going head-to-head with the extravagant fa-fa-fa-fashions of the 1980s. Of course, fancy dress is not essential. Everyone is more than welcome to come along and enjoy a great night's music – all for a great cause and in memory of a special guy,” Mickey added.

The ‘70s/80s for Aiden’ night will get underway at 9.30pm with dancing and fun until 1.30am so get your gladrags on and get along.

There will also be loads of raffles and prizes on the night including a prize for ‘Best Outfit’. Admission is £5 and is payable at the door.

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