A man born and bred in the Vale is to feature in a BBC documentary ahead of his performance as part of Scotland’s debut entry to the Eurovision Choir competition.

Davy Paterson, 65, and fellow Alba Choir members, including former Cardross resident Ainsley Hamill, will be competing against leading groups from across Europe in Gothenburg on Saturday for the chance to be crowned Europe’s top choral group.

The show which will also feature entries from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Wales and current champions Slovenia, will be filmed in front of a stadium audience and broadcast to millions across the globe, taking viewers on a journey of musical tradition and cultures across the continent.

And ahead of the live performance, a documentary following Davy, Ainsley and the rest of the choir will be broadcast on BBC Alba tonight (August 1).

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On his way to the competition, Davy told the Reporter: “It’s been a lot of hard work with several all weekend practices, but it’s been great fun and I’m really looking forward to the contest.

“Apart from singing, there has been a fair amount of choreography involved, which I found difficult at first, but then I started to get the hang of it.”

The former Tullichewan resident first caught the singing bug during his days performing with the Vale of Leven Academy Choir and Bridge Street Church Choir in Alexandria.

His dad Douglas still lives in the Vale, but Davy eventually settled in Taynuilt in Argyll, where he became involved in Gaelic choirs with his wife Audrey, who will also be performing in Sweden.

It was this involvement, which led to their selection by Joy Dunlop, a BBC weather presenter, for the 33-strong Alba Choir and their upcoming rendition of a Gaelic song with both traditional and modern influences, specially arranged by Sìleas Sinclair.

Davy added: “My wife and I got a phone call out of the blue to say we had been selected by Joy. It was quite a nice surprise.

“My dad is in his nineties now and still lives in Tullichewan. He was delighted to hear that I’d been selected.

“It’s a great competition which will allow us to showcase the Gaelic language throughout Europe because there will be millions watching.

“I’m the eldest in the choir, well just and no more, so it’s a great honour to be part of it.”

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The documentary will be broadcast on BBC ALBA tonight at 8.30pm, while the live show will be broadcast on BBC ALBA on Saturday, August 3 at 7.30pm.