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Following enquiries about the possibility of teams from outwith the Kirriemuir area entering Kirriemuir Relay for Life, the organisers have confirmed that teams from anywhere in Angus can register for this year’s event.

“We’d be delighted to welcome visiting teams from neighbouring towns and villages,” said Keith Hopkins, voluntary chair of Kirriemuir Relay for Life.

The event is to be held at the Kirriemuir Show ground, East Muirhead of Logie, Kirriemuir, on Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14.

“In previous years, Relay for Life has been a predominately Kirriemuir event but with our new, spacious location, we have room for more tents and more teams – and ‘the more the merrier’ is fast becoming our motto!”, added Keith.

He went on to explain that camping facilities – and toilets, second to none - will be available for all teams, along with stalls selling food and beverages and a host of trackside activities.

“Each team has to ensure that at least one member is on the track at all times but for those team members who are ‘off-track’, there will be no shortage of fun and games,” said Keith.

“Our programme of events has still to be finalised but we’ll definitely be hosting Kirriemuir’s Got Talent 2011 and there will be short gigs by some of the best bands in the area, a tug of war competition, performances by pupils from local dance schools and Rising Young Stars, as well as Jazzercise® and Zumba® demonstrations, which we’re hoping to persuade team members to take part in.

“There will be plenty more which will be advertised nearer the time - but there won’t be a dull moment!”

Although Kirriemuir Relay for Life is geared towards making sure everyone enjoys a great couple of days, there are also items on the programme which bring home how many people in the community are affected by cancer and how much Cancer Research UK’s groundbreaking research has helped in the fight against this disease.

“The Relay for Life begins with a lap of the track by people who have survived cancer and their families,” explained Keith.

“Then, as darkness falls, the Candle of Light Ceremony begins, providing everyone with the opportunity to remember loved ones who have battled cancer, both those who survived and those who lost the fight.

“Dedicated candle bags, duly decorated with messages and lit by tea lights, show the way round the track in the darkness. A truly mesmerising sight.”

Keith stressed that, although everyone involved is aware of the seriousness of the cause they’re raising funds for by participating in the Relay for Life, there’s always a really positive, happy buzz around the track.

“In previous years, we’ve been praised for pulling off the difficult double act of raising awareness of cancer while also ensuring everyone has a good time,” said Keith.

“Everyone always has a good time – even when the weather turns against us - and it would be wonderful if we could be joined by teams from Forfar, Brechin, Letham, Edzell and beyond at this year’s event!”

For more information on how to enter Kirriemuir Relay For Life, or to register a team, visit www.cancerresearchuk.org/relay or call 08716 41 26 02 or call Rhona on 07971 454626.