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Over 600 in Arbroath Relay for Life
Over 600 people took part in this years Arbroath Relay for Life. The event now in its seventh year was held at Arbroath Cricket Club and supported by the community. The event in which teams of around ten people take turns to walk round the cricket grounds for a period of 24 hours went on to raise over a staggering £136,000. The event organiser Ian Angus said on Facebook – I had a great team, full of enthusiasm & commitment. It was a crazy, fun, at times gut wrenchingly emotional and I didn’t want it to end – Shame we have to wait another whole year for the next one.
Pupils shown the Best Scone in Scotland
This afternoon our cameras joined some of the primary 1 and 2 pupils of Letham Primary School at the Keptie Bakery in Letham in Angus. Baker Allan Eaton showed the children how to make a very famous scone. All of the children took part in making their own scone to take home too. Those school projects are always the best. Earlier this year the Keptie Bakery won Best Scone in Scotland 2014. Allan a baker of 25 years has owned Keptie Bakery for just 4 years so for him, wife Jane, and all of the staff its some achievement winning the accolade. At their Arbroath shop visitors from as far away as Canada had heard of the achievement which Allan puts down to the craft baking skills he was taught and continues to use at his bakery. The video will be on line soon.
Two Wheels Good play Brechin Music Festival
Two Wheels Good from Dundee were recorded by The Angus Channel at Brechin Music Festival. Two Wheels Good are Sam Dibley; Lead Vocals. Alex Morris; Drums & backing vocals. Max Inkster; Lead Guitar and backing vocals. and a choice of two bass players! Alex James and Steve Dempster; 6 string Bass Guitar. They’ve been back performing in Dundee this weekend but here they are in The Swan Indian in Brechin.
Find them on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Two-Wheels-Good/278875865508364
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The Coaltown Daisies play Brechin Music Festival
The Coaltown Daises bring together the musical stylings of established singer-songwriters, Lynzy Moutter and Vivienne Bern. It is no surprise that their shared passion for music in all shapes and sizes steered them towards meeting in the middle and collaborating on their original songs. Detailing their music with dual harmonies, intelligent lyrics and raw emotion, they want nothing more than to perform them in front of a great audience. Described as ‘spell-binding’, ‘spine-tingling’ and ‘breath-taking’, The Coaltown Daisies have performed at an abundance of venues and festivals on their journey so far and have a very busy future ahead; they want to continue sharing their music as far and wide as possible and already have great plans to keep on doing so in the coming years.Find them on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/tcdmusic
They will perform at Dukes Corner in Dundee next weekend.
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Family Fun at Angus Heritage Week
Angus Heritage Week 2014, which runs from 5-12 September, is packed full of fun events which add a new and exciting dimension to the history, traditions, culture, people and even buildings of this corner of Scotland.
From 4-6 September, Brechin Amateur Operatic Society (BAOS) is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a concert showcasing musical numbers from its many hit shows over the last half century. The cast features the talents of a large number of local singers and dancers, including five of the original members of BAOS, who appeared in the group’s first production, Bless The Bride, in 1964.
Doors Open Days on the weekend of 6/7 September offer a rare chance to go behind the scenes at several high-profile Angus premises, including Arbroath Lifeboat Station, the Guide Dog Training School in Forfar and Kinnaird Castle, family home to the Earls of Southesk. There will also be opportunities to study cars, motorbikes, tractors and fire engines from days gone by at Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club’s Glamis headquarters, participate in children’s activities at Pictavia Visitor Centre near Brechin, Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre and Montrose Basin Visitor Centre or try a new sport at Forfar Indoor Sports.
The organisers of Angus Heritage Week have also revealed that, following a tip-off, it is highly suspected that, on Sunday, 7 September, the Caledonian Railway will be the scene of a swashbuckling crime! Apparently, a gang of shipwrecked pirates will attempt to hold passengers travelling on the railway line between Brechin and Bridge of Dun to ransom in an attempt to pay for a new galleon. Rumour has it that the dastardly buccaneers will also be hoping to sign up new recruits and have even offered a prize for the best dressed pirate!
A 16th century monk will be making a special appearance at Arbroath Abbey on the afternoon of Friday, 12 September when he will lead a guided tour of the historic site. Having lived, worked and worshipped in Arbroath Abbey before it became a ruin, this medieval man of religion knows all there is to know about life in Arbroath Abbey 400 years ago and is keen to share his specialist knowledge with modern day visitors.
“Angus Heritage Week celebrates our county’s unique and fascinating past,” said the Provost of Angus, Cllr Helen Oswald. “The extensive programme features a range of family activities and special events with that unbeatable combination of fun and facts, which adds up to a great day out for everyone, of all ages.”
The full programme for Angus Heritage Week 2014 can be found at www.angusheritage.com/heritageweek or pick up a copy of the Angus Heritage Week Event Guide at leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries, museums and tourist attractions across Angus, Dundee, Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and Fife.
Caption: Pirates will be causing havoc at The Caledonian Railway in Brechin on Sunday, 7 September
Credit: Photo courtesy of www.angusheritage.com
Epilepsy fundraisers face Tour de France challenge
Dundee-based cycling novice, Mark Walsh, is facing the challenge of a lifetime: he will tackle a 21-miles uphill ride in the French Alps doing part the Tour de France route on 5 September to raise funds for Epilepsy Scotland.
Mark and his colleague Cathy Padmore aim to reach a £1,000 sponsorship target as they pedal up the Col du Télégraphe and the Col du Galibier in France.
Mark’s employer, Cyberonics, offer staff the chance to help a good cause by doing something out of the ordinary.
Mark explained: “I am very excited to be given this opportunity with colleagues. Still, I have never undertaken anything like this before so I am somewhat nervous about what I am taking on. Apart from cycling to the park with the kids or riding to Broughty Ferry for an ice cream, I have been training for about six weeks. This is one of the hardest cycling routes in France. We have an added difficulty that as we reach the mountain peaks the air becomes very thin, but we are determined to succeed.”
Around 25 employees have accepted the medical device company’s challenge and will run or cycle in events for charities close to their hearts across the world. Mark and Cathy both said: “We recognise the work Epilepsy Scotland does, and we wish to help them make a difference. It makes sense to support the epilepsy charity which supports the people of Scotland.”
Last year, Cathy Padmore cycled Mont Ventoux and raised over £1,000 for Epilepsy Ireland.
Mark, who lives in Monifieth, said: “People with epilepsy are at the core of everything we do in Cyberonics. We provide solutions for the most challenging epilepsy, and we recognise that the implications of epilepsy to the person, and those around them, are numerous and varied. The work of epilepsy charities to improve peoples’ lives through appropriate, individual support is essential, and such charities can only provide this if they can receive sufficient funding.”
Visit their Just Giving page for details: https://www.justgiving.com/CathyandMark/
Dundees Headroom plays Brechin Music Festival
Our colleagues at The Angus Channel caught Headroom playing in the car park of The Stables Lounge in Brechin as part of Brechin Music Festival. Alan and his staff at The Stables Lounge were playing host to five bands that day. Headroom hail from Dundee. The members are Kevin Skelly Vocals-guitar-keys, Eric Irvine Vocals- Bass, John Matheson-Vocals-Guitar and Shaun Garrigan-Drums.
You can visit the bands Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Headroom/116053985077636
You can visit the Brechin Music Festival page here http://brechinmusicfest.org/
We hope to cover more of this event next year but thanks to everyone who made us so welcome on the day. There were 2 or 3 other bands filmed that day and we’ll get those videos on soon.
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Brechin Music Festival 2014
The festival ran over the last four days and our colleagues at The Angus Channel dropped in on Saturday to see some of the bands. Videos will be on line later and we hope to cover this event more fully next year. You can find out more about the festival here http://brechinmusicfest.org/. They also have a Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/BrechinMusicFest. Our picture shows Headroom playing in the car park of The Stables Lounge in Brechin. This years festival featured bands appearing in 15 local venues over 4 days.
Brechin Music Fest will took place on August the 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st 2014
Saturday saw a live street event with a main stage on clerk street, funfair rides both for adults and kids, face painting, stalls, bbq and ran from 12pm – 6pm With many many first class bands and artists playing in pubs and clubs over the whole weekend.
Discover The Story of Angus
The rich story of Angus, past and present, steps into the spotlight next month, when Angus Heritage Week 2014 is celebrated across the county from 5-12 September.
“Angus Heritage Week highlights the history, heritage, culture and traditions of Angus with 38 events in castles, museums, mansions, libraries, colleges and visitor attractions across the county,” said Cllr Alex King, Depute Provost of Angus. “Several events will take place outside, including expert-led guided tours of Monifieth Graveyard, the Victorian reservoir at Crombie Country Park and Arbroath Harbour.
“Angus Heritage Week is an excellent way to find out more about Angus in days gone by and also, as it incorporates Doors Open Days, to explore some of the most interesting buildings in our county.”
Doors Open Days is co-ordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and, in Angus, takes place over the first weekend of Angus Heritage Week 2014 – September 6 and 7. Doors Open Days provide free access to historic, contemporary and unusual buildings and, this year, feature 26 Angus premises and, through the Open Gates programme, two beautiful gardens.
The Inglis Memorial Library in Edzell is taking part in Doors Open Days for the first time. This stunning 19th century building was built by Lieutenant Colonel RW Inglis in memory of his parents. Considered one of the finest examples of a Victorian public library in the UK, the Inglis Memorial Library has recently been restored and features the 6,000 books which were available for lending when the library opened in 1898.
Another new addition to the Doors Open Days programme is Forfar Indoor Sports. As well as being able to tour the sports complex, which features a curling rink, six-rink bowling arena, skating and roller skating facilities, Doors Open Days’ visitors will be able to try roller skating and bowling.
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre is also making its Doors Open Days debut. Entry to the award-winning Scottish Wildlife Trust visitor centre will be free on Saturday, 6 September, when visitors will be able watch the birds and seals at Montrose Basin Nature Reserve using the centre’s high-powered binoculars and telescopes.
Other events happening during the first weekend of Angus Heritage Week include a Tayroots Family History Day at Dundee & Angus College, Arbroath on September 5; Kirriemuir Festival of Music & Song from Friday, 5 September until Sunday, 7 September; and pirates holding the Caledonian Railway to ransom during a fun family day at Brechin Railway Station on Sunday, 7 September.
Angus Heritage Week events continue throughout the next week – full details can be found at www.angusheritage.com/heritageweek or pick up a copy of the Angus Heritage Week Event Guide at leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries, museums and tourist attractions across Angus, Dundee, Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and Fife.
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