MORE than £500 has been raised for Peebles Community Talking Books during a concert last week.

The Peebles Singers were in fine voice at their Are ye Dancin spring concert in the Macfarlane Hall.

And the melodic members wanted their repertoire to help towards the recording of another audio-book.

Last year Peebles became the first town in the UK to sponsor a Talking Book.

It costs the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) £2,500 to produce a professionally narrated audio-book for adults, and £1,500 for a children's book.

Local businesses, social groups, schools and individuals have already raised over £8,000 - enough for four books to be produced.

Angela Preston, the charity's fundraising manager for East Scotland, told the Peeblesshire News: "We are really grateful to the Peebles Singers for their wonderful enthusiasm and generosity.

"It was great to meet them and to have the chance to talk about the truly amazing efforts that Peebles, as a town, has made to help make life better for those with sight loss.

"For so many, talking books are an absolute boon.

"It allows them to enjoy the same authors and themes as their friends and family. Thanks to the support of the Peebles community we can keep expanding our library."

Guests at the Are ye Dancin event by Peebles Singers were treated to a variety of songs from Abba to traditional Scottish melodies.

There was even a few interludes for poetry.

To find out more about sponsoring a Talking Book, visit www.justgiving/com/PeeblesKids or contact Angela Preston on 0131 6523169.