Relay for Life celebrates successful event

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A HUGE £54,000 was raised at Arbroath’s fifth annual Relay for Life which took place on Saturday.

Almost 175 participants, which included 21 cancer survivors, descended on Arbroath United Cricket Club to raise money for Cancer Research UK by maintaining a continuous 24-hour lap around the Lochlands ground.

Many taking part opted to wear fancy dress and the event began at 11 a.m. With an opening lap by the cancer survivors who were led by the Carnoustie and District Pipe Band.

A fun filled afternoon of entertainment was provided by Jivin Jim, Gleadhraich, Last Orders and Street Beat to keep the spirits high.

As nightfall descended a poignant candle of hope ceremony was held at 9 p.m. when almost 400 decorated candle bags lit the track.

A poem was read and a lone piper played as reflection and thoughts turned to family and friends who are no longer here.

Phil Ogilvie, one of the organisers, was delighted with the success of the event and hopes it can be replicated next year.

He said: “The committee would like to thank all the entertainers and local companies who freely gave their time, supplied equipment and donated money to make this year’s event a huge success which has raised over £54,000 to date.

“We look forward to the 2012 event which will be held in September, 2012, for 24 hours.”

At the end of the relay on Sunday, the team entered by the Ram’s Heid was presented with the Jim Smith Trophy for the most money raised and also the prize for best dressed team as members came as the Smurfs.

The award for best dressed tent went to the Seaton Grove team who went with the theme of Fifi and the Flowertots.

Angus South MSP Graeme Dey officially started the Relay for Life and he also praised the organisers for all of their efforts.

He added: “I was honoured to be asked to start Relay for Life and found myself struck not only by the enthusiasm and commitment of the participants but also the scale of the organisation of the event.

“Many, many hours must have gone into preparing for the day and ensuring everything went smoothly.

“Those responsible for that deserve enormous credit for their efforts which helped raise a considerable sum of money for a very worthwhile cause.”