Rain fails to stop Tutties’ party

Gordon Arnott getting soaked by Carol Shand Tutties owner in aid of charity at Tutties in the Park on Sunday at the Asda stall. The money raised will go to the companies charity Tickle Pink.
Gordon Arnott getting soaked by Carol Shand Tutties owner in aid of charity at Tutties in the Park on Sunday at the Asda stall. The money raised will go to the companies charity Tickle Pink.

ARBROATH folk turned out in force at the weekend for Tutties in the Park to raise money for charity.

According to the organisers, over 2,000 people ignored the rain on Sunday and enjoyed themselves at the event on the Low Common in aid of Little Cairnie Hospital in Arbroath.

Carol Shand, proprietor of Tutties Neuk Inn, was the brains behind the event. She said: “I would say there were over 2,000 people on and off for the day. We had a few heavy showers, but it didn’t put a damper on things.

“I mean heavy, really heavy, torrential even! Everybody was running for cover!”

The feedback from visitors was very positive according to Carol. She said: “I’m just on Facebook just now and everybody’s commenting on how they had a good day. You were meeting folk that you’d not seen for ages, everybody had a great time.”

Helping to raise money for Little Cairnie was Tutties’ chef, Cat Matches, who did a sponsored head shave during the event.

Carol added: “We’re still waiting on Cat’s sponsorship forms coming back in and so we won’t have a final figure until then.”

There were two bands playing at Tutties in the Park, The Cundeez and The Trade, who were set up on the bed of a lorry donated for the purpose by R.T. McEwan.

Carol said: “I would say the music was my favourite part. One side curtain on an R.T. McEwan lorry had been lifted up to form a stage, so a big thank you to them for providing that.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to everybody who helped, there were just loads of people who helped out.”

Carol said that for Tutties in the Park 2013 she hoped to attract more carnival rides for the children. She explained: “Because the Seafront Spectacular was off this year all the funfair rides were up in the Black Isle.

“So we just had a few rides for the children, but hopefully we’ll get that sorted out for next year.”