Grand gesture for heroic festival

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Funding for a festival in honour of Arbroath’s heroes took another step closer to its target recently after receiving a donation from a local law firm.

A cheque for £1000 was recently presented to Arbroath’s Festival of Heroes by Thorntons Solicitors, leaving around £9000 still to be realised for the day of celebrations which will also feature the Red Arrows display team and honour the contributions of local heroes in all shapes and forms.

Festival of Heroes chairman Jamie Buchan explained: “We’ve been working hard to secure sponsorship and support for Festival of Heroes and that has meant a lot of ‘phone calls and emails to businesses.

“It was an unexpected pleasure when Thorntons contacted us and asked ‘How can we be involved?’.

“A conversation was had there and then, and 20 minutes later, George Dunlop and Jane Davidson had offered £1000 towards the running costs of the event having heard the plans.”

George Dunlop, Partner at Thorntons in Arbroath, said: “We are proud to be sponsors of this wonderful event and are very much looking forward to the whole community coming together to enjoy a fantastic day.

“It is sometimes easy to forget the vital role our Armed Forces play and Arbroath’s Festival of Heroes provides a great opportunity for people from across the area to gather and show their support for our service men and women.

“At Thorntons, we are always happy to lend our support to events in the local area that bring people together.”

Jamie added: “Raising the money for the event has been no easy task given the fact it is a free event to the public and there’s therefore no ticket income.

“It’s wonderful that there are businesses out there who are willing to support the community without having to be asked. 
“I was taken aback when Thorntons called out of the blue as it was so unexpected. We’ve got just under £9000 still to raise now and the incredible event programme is very much coming together with only a couple of things left to confirm.

“If any business wants to sponsor, exhibit or trade at Arbroath’s Festival of Heroes, contact me on 07786 036470 or”

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