Chain of help for local bike project

Ryan proudly displays his finished bike with firefighter Richard Naismith, Andrew Renwick of The Outdoor Store, firefighter Scott Gibson and PC Pam Colvin. (Picture by photosonlocation.co.uk).
Ryan proudly displays his finished bike with firefighter Richard Naismith, Andrew Renwick of The Outdoor Store, firefighter Scott Gibson and PC Pam Colvin. (Picture by photosonlocation.co.uk).

A Police appeal run in the Kirriemuir Herald for surplus mountain bikes has resulted in a successful community project (writes Janet Thomson).

It culminated on Monday evening with one local youngster taking possession of his own, custom-built bike.

Community liaison officer Pam Colvin made the appeal in March, asking residents of Kirrie to donate any surplus mountain bikes which could be used by the town’s youths.

The appeal sparked a flood of bikes - with more still to be collected - and a handful of youths were given the opportunity to work on them.

The project brought together personnel from a number of agencies - Tayside Police; Scott Gibson and Richard Naismith of Tayside Fire and Rescue; Gordon Grewar of community learning and development and Andrew Renwick of The Outdoor Store in Forfar.

They worked with a group of youngsters over six weeks, with 12-year-old Ryan Mackie of Webster’s High School being the first to complete his bike.

Constable Colvin said: “They were given the chance to strip down the bikes and build them up again. Ryan was fully committed and totally enjoyed it. It has been a positive experience for the agencies involved.

“The response to the appeal was immense. I have still got a few bikes to pick up but we now have a stock of bikes which we can work on.

“We had a massive response from the people of Kirrie, it was overwhelming.”

The Kirrie project is similar to one run in Brechin, with the Kirrie team also helping out a similar group in Montrose.