Committee ready for Relay!

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AFTER months of planning Arbroath’s biggest fund-raiser will take place tomorrow (Saturday) when the Relay for Life kicks off at 11 a.m.

The event, which raises money for Cancer Research UK, takes place at Arbroath United Cricket Club and sees teams complete a relay of laps around the track until 11 a.m. on Sunday.

On Tuesday evening, the organising committee, led by chair Alana Loudon, held their final meeting before tomorrow’s big event.

More than 20 teams have entered this year’s relay and the aim is to have one team member on the track at all times during the 24 hours.

The event starts with a special lap, which sees cancer survivors complete the first circuit to kick-off the day.

Throughout the morning and afternoon there will be performances from bands such as Beardy With a Hat, Skylight Secrets and Smokehouse.

There will also be salsa and zumba demonstrations as well as performances from Mania Dance Crew and the LimeLight Theatre Company.

Singers James Hutcheson, Eileen Masson, Colette Dear and Violet Thomson will also keep the participants going with renditions of well known songs.

And at 9 p.m., the poignant candle of hope ceremony will begin, when everyone pauses to remember those who have lost their lives to cancer and celebrate those who have survived the disease.

The overall event has also been given the ‘Best of British’ theme and several teams have opted to dress up to reflect this.

A spokesperson for Cancer Research UK said: “More than one in three people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives.

“Taking part in Relay For Life is about being part of a community united in the belief that it can make a difference and help beat cancer.”