‘Raffle’ turns into ‘auction’

On display in the Station Bar Arbroath on Tuesday evening are some of the contents of the forthcoming charity auction to be held in Arbroath Royal British Legion on March 11.
On display in the Station Bar Arbroath on Tuesday evening are some of the contents of the forthcoming charity auction to be held in Arbroath Royal British Legion on March 11.

ARBROATH councillor David Fairweather has been delighted with the response to his ‘Big Arbroath Raffle’ charity fund-raiser which will benefit several worthy organisations in the town.

And ‘raffle’ has turned into ‘auction’ because of the high standard of donations which have been made from Arbroathians and those further afield.

Charities which will benefit are the Royal Marine Association, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Arbroath Town Mission and Arbroath Skatepark Project.

Councillor Fairweather was joined by members of the charities at an impressive ‘preview’ at the Royal British Legion Scotland clubrooms, Helen Street, Arbroath, on Tuesday evening.

Councillor Fairweather commented: “The response to the ‘Big Arbroath Raffle’ has been stunning. The people of Arbroath and beyond have once again shown just how generous they can be.”

Donations received to date include several bottles of malt whisky from one gentleman, and a lady gifted a steam cleaner amongst other items.

Football fans will be on the lookout for a signed Colin Hendry Rangers top. Also in the auction will be several watches, a beautiful glass ship in a bottle as well as signed prints from well-known local artist Ray Will.

Councillor David Lumgair has donated two large bags of potatoes but the star item to date is a collection of whisky decanters by Bells which celebrate various royal anniversaries and events, including Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday, the marriage of Andrew and Sarah, the birth of their daughters Beatrice and Eugene, plus the very first Bells commemorative decanter.

Mr Will commented: “I am delighted to help raise funds for these worthwhile local causes.”

He explained that, of the pictures he has donated, the larger composite picture features many of the ‘weel-kent’ landmarks of the town, and the two smaller signed prints feature sunsets over Loch Tay and Rannoch.

Anyone who would like to contribute can still do so at The Paper Shop, Keptie Street; Carpet Disco, Millgate; the Station Bar; or Arbroath Lifeboat Station. Alternatively, Councillor Fairweather can be contacted on 07766 073823.

The ‘Arbroath Big Auction’ will take place in the Royal British Legion Scotland clubrooms on Sunday, March 11.