Kirriemuir’s Relay For Life has raised £65,000 for Cancer Research.
Around 650 people took part in the sponsored walk at Kirrie Show Ground at East Muirhead of Logie this weekend to raise the record sum.
Starting at noon on Saturday, a member from each of the 49 teams was always walking on the circuit during the relay’s 24-hour duration. People who have survived cancer took part in the opening and closing laps.
Keith Hopkins, chairman of Cancer Research UK Relay For Life Kirriemuir volunteer committee, said he was delighted at the amount raised.
He said: “This fantastic sum of money is further proof of the unbelievable generosity and unwavering community spirit of the people of Kirriemuir and the surrounding area.
“With 49 registered teams, over 650 participants, 42 survivors of cancer and about 400 additional supporters over the two days, this was Kirriemuir’s biggest Relay For Life to date.
“This fabulous amount shows just how dedicated the teams were to raising funds to help Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research.
“We would like to thank everyone who contributed towards Kirrie’s Relay for Life, including the teams, the survivors, local businesses who provided sponsorship, the volunteers who helped ensure the weekend went so smoothly, the performers and everyone who made a donation or sponsored team members.”
There was a ‘candle of hope’ ceremony at 9pm on Saturday, conducted by the Rev Malcolm Rooney, where candles were lit to remember those who have survived or lost the battle with cancer.
Participants followed 14-year-old piper Andrew Clark around the candlelit track as it was illuminated by a spectacular fireworks display.
The programme of events also included live music, dancing demonstrations, a tug o’ war and face painting.
There was also a Kirrie’s Got Talent competition, won by the Hollywood Has-Beens, and Kirrie Does The Voice, which was won by Niamh Henderson.
“Everyone entered into the spirit of the weekend,” added Keith.
“Over half the teams entered the fancy dress competition, which was won by Strathmore Christian Fellowship’s Pirates of the Kirrie-bean.
“The When You Wish Upon A Star team won the best dressed tent competition, which had a health awareness theme.”