Relay ready to raise cash

final preparations: At Lochlands on Tuesday Relay for Life participants were finalising the arangements for the weekend's annual event. Dressing up seemed to get them into the spirit of things.

final preparations: At Lochlands on Tuesday Relay for Life participants were finalising the arangements for the weekend's annual event. Dressing up seemed to get them into the spirit of things.

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Organisers are gearing up for Arbroath’s biggest annual fund-raiser which takes place tomorrow (Saturday) in aid of Cancer Research UK.

The Arbroath Relay for Life, will be staged at Arbroath United Cricket Club and will see teams take part in a 24-hour event.

And the entire community is being urged to pay a visit to the relay in a bid to raise as much money as possible to fight cancer.

The relay sees team members take it in turns to complete laps of the cricket pitch over a 24-hour period.

But the whole day will filled with entertainment to keep spirits high for those taking part in the relay and this year the fancy dress theme is ‘Heroes and Villains’.

The event kicks-off at 11 a.m. tomorrow with the first lap of the course being completed by cancer survivors.

There will also be themed laps throughout the day including a lap encouraging people to wear their ‘onesie’ and a bra and boxers lap to highlight the need for regular checks for the most common types of cancer.

Jivin’ Jim will be MC and DJ for the event, which will also include performances by the LimeLight Company and face painting.

There will also be a special rock ‘n’ roll bingo session in the afternoon and members of the Royal Marines will be along with an assault course.

This is in addition to performances by several bands along with other quizzes and games.

As the evening draws in the poignant candle of hope ceremony will be held when all those taking part remember those who have lost their battle cancer.

And then to get everybody through the night, a silent disco will be held.

In addition this year the local Cancer Research UK shop will be setting up a donation station on site where volunteers will gladly goods suitable for sale in the shop.

Event chair Alana Loudon said: “Every one of us will have personal reasons for taking part in Relay for Life. We all have a common goal and that is to raise vital funds so that Cancer Research scientists can continue their life saving work.

“Thousands of pounds have already been raised over the summer and thanks go to our team captains who have played a huge role in organising this.

“Now it is the turn of family, friends, neighbours and every member of the community to show their support.”