THE CHRISTMAS funfair that was to roll into Arbroath on Boxing Day has been cancelled due to the snowy weather.
The event, due to run into the New Year, was to help raise money for the Woodlands Garden Trust, which is hoping to create a memorial garden within the grounds of RM Condor.
However, with the announcement last week that 45 Commando are to deploy to Afghanistan early next year, Councillor David Fairweather says people within the town were still desperate to show their support for the Marines.
And now an official wristband has been launched costing £2, so people can show their support for 45 Commando, whilst raising money for the Woodlands Garden Trust at the same time.
Councillor Fairweather told the Herald: “Obviously it is very disappointing that the funfair is not going ahead but due to the weather and health and safety conditions, it has had to be cancelled.
“But hopefully we can re-arrange it to come back to Arbroath in February, sometime around Valentine’s Day.
“However, we now have wristbands that say ‘I Support 45 Commando in Afghanistan’ for sale, so people can still show their support.
“At the moment we have about 200 wristbands that are at least £2 each or as much of a donation as people want to give, with the money raised going towards the Woodlands Garden Trust.”
Several local businesses have now agreed to stock the wristbands and they are available from the Base Camp shop on the West Port and Outdoor Action on the High Street.
The Royal Marines Association have also agreed to sell the bands and they will be on sale in the Arbroath British Legion.
Councillor Fairweather added: “Myself and [Councillor] Peter Nield are delighted to be supporting this fantastic cause.
“We have already had a lot of people interested in buying them and I even had one person wanting to give me £20 for just one wristband to show his support.
“When the people at Condor asked us to support this wristband we were delighted and hopefully we can help them reach the target amount for their garden project.
Councillor Fairweather and Councillor Nield also have a number of wristbands to sell. Anybody interested can contact Councillor Fairweather on 07766073823 or Councillor Nield on 07826917867.