Familiar to Lurgan audiences, Brian pens new book to put fun into fundraising

A man familiar to many a Lurgan audience has published a new book of humorous tales to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 2:28 pm

For more than 40 years Brian Johnston has been involved in entertainment, compering concerts and appearing at after-dinner functions across Northern Ireland and beyond.

He has compered his fair share of concerts in Lurgan town Hall over the years and entertained many times for charitable and church organisations, folds and senior citizens groups locally.

Now, 10 years after publishing a book of his favourite funny tales, raising more than £8,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care and MNDA, Brian has used successive lockdowns to pena new volume - More Humorous Stories - with all proceeds to MNDA.

Brian has always enjoyed entertaining through the guise of other characters, and many years ago he created the ‘man-hunting’ cleaning woman, ‘Daisy Hardcastle’ and ‘Wee Billy’, the mischievous schoolboy, so in addition to more than 260 stories his new book includes the dialogue his two alter-egos have shared with audiences over the years.

Like so many other charities, MNDA has suffered greatly over the past 12 months, with limited opportunities for fundraising.

“Hopefully sales of this little book will help them to continue the tremendous work that they do,” said Brian.

“The money they raise is used to provide patient care locally, including the provision of specialist equipment, and also for continued support of research into this terrible disease.”

Anyone interested in purchasing the book can contact Brian either by email: [email protected] by telephoning him on: 07773 765781