Tropical heat helps charity

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A trip back in time at an Arbroath pub has raised over £200 for the town’s lifeboat crew.

The Tropics Revival Night at the Anchor Bar on Boxing Day raised a grand total of £200.85 for the RNLI as people flocked in to the pub to relive the early 1990s.

During the 1980s and 1990s the pub at the bottom of the West Port was better known as Tropics, having previously been Dorwards and then later Chaplins.

Owned by Ian McLeod, who also had Breakers (now DeVitos), it was a popular nightspot in the town featuring music from DJ Ivan.

Speaking after the event Tropics Revival Night organiser Andy Webster said: “We have very nearly almost recovered from last night and are amazed we can still keep our eyes open!

“So, so happy to announce that you, our amazing customers, raised an amazing £200.85 for the RNLI from the donations you all kindly dug so deep to give. Speechless!

“Here’s to the summer Tropics! Watch this space as it’s coming back! No way would we ever let it go now!”

One attendee said: “Tropics was the place to be in Arbroath back in the day. It was truly awesome and I can recall some fab nights there.

“It was just amazing going back in time and the fact that money was raised for a great local cause makes it even more worthwhile.

“The best music was on at Tropics and the all dayers, on a Sunday, were legendary.”

Christine Hamilton recalled her time working there: “Looking forward to it, I worked as a barmaid in Tropics from 1988 til 1992. It was always the best night out!”

Around 120 people came to enjoy the music and banter at the free event and it is hoped that a similar Tropics Revival Night can be arranged for the Sea Fest 2015 weekend.