FAMILIES will be able to enjoy all the fun of the fair in Arbroath whilst supporting 45 Commando this festive season.
The first ever Arbroath Christmas Funfair, which has been organised by local businessman James Wilson, is set to run from December 26 until January 9 on private land off Dens Road.
And all proceeds from the fair are to be donated to the Woodlands Garden Trust, which is raising money to create a memorial garden within the grounds of RM Condor.
The fair will run from 12 noon until 9 p.m. daily. Admission is free, although it is hoped a collection will boost the fund for the memorial garden along with the Arbroath Community Fireworks Display.
Organisers say there will be a host of fairground rides and attractions for all ages, with each one costing £1.
Councillor David Fairweather, who has been supporting the event, says not only will the fair attract more visitors into the town, it will also enable people to support the brave men and women of 45 Commando.
He said: “I think this is a tremendous opportunity for people not just in Arbroath but all over Angus to come to the town to enjoy themselves while showing their support for the 45 Commando group.
“They are expected to be returning to Afghanistan in 2011 and it is hoped that the garden will be completed by Remembrance Sunday next year.
“The garden will be a place for families and friends to remember the fallen so I am delighted to helping the trust out.”
Councillor Peter Nield has also thrown his weight behind supporting the fair and says it is a great way to boost the town and charity.
He added: “We were delighted to help when we were asked to contribute to this fantastic garden project.
“And there is no better way than holding a funfair as people will enjoy themselves while helping out the trust so it is a win win situation.
“It is also pleasing that the community fireworks display is also set to benefit from the event.”
Work to convert an unused patch of land at Condor into a memorial garden has already begun with the help of local companies and students from Angus College.
Almost £100,000 of the £150,000 needed to create the garden has already been raised and Major Charlie Breach from 45 Commando explained that the project is very important to everybody at the base.
He said: “The Woodlands Garden will be a place to commemorate the ranks of the 45 unit who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
“We have to raise £150,000 to complete the project and hopefully we can do this before Remembrance Day next year.”