Chance to introduce Simple Minds...

Open Air in the Square are going to give one lucky person a unique opportunity to introduce rockers Simple Minds live at Stonehaven’s Hogmanay celebrations.

The prize will be organised through the event’s official radio station, Original FM, where a two-day auction will be held next week.

The winner will receive two VIP tickets for the Hogmanay event and be invited on stage to introduce Simple Minds to the sell-out 6500-strong crowd.

Lindsay Verstalen, from Open Air in the Square, told the Leader how this was a once-in-a-lifetime prize.

She said: “We are so glad to announce this prize.

‘‘Where else in the world would you be able to go on stage to announce one of the biggest bands in Scotland?”

The auction will kick off next Wednesday, December 18, from 7am until 6pm , and continue on Thursday the 19th, from 7am until 5pm.

The lucky winner will be announced at 5.30pm on the Thursday.

Simple Minds were announced back in July to be the headline act for Open Air in the Square and, despite a police objection regarding safety at the event, Stonehaven will kick off the year of the Home Coming 2014.