Mart saves charity event

Pictured at Strathmore Hall are (from left) Andrew Steel, Fiona Lawson, Joan Keith, Jessica Probst and Lisa McKinnie.
Pictured at Strathmore Hall are (from left) Andrew Steel, Fiona Lawson, Joan Keith, Jessica Probst and Lisa McKinnie.

A charity fund-raiser has been thrown a lifeline to prevent it being flooded out for a second time.

The organisers of this weekend’s Scotland’s Americana event were faced with finding another venue until Forfar Mart came to the rescue.

In aid of local charity SaddleUp Ranch, it was organised for July 4 at Padanaram, but had to be cancelled after torrential rain waterlogged the show field.

The rainfall since then has meant that the field has not had an opportunity to dry out and a new venue was required to accommodate the stalls, bands, American classic cars, motorcycles and riding displays.

But after hearing about the group’s problem, mart owners Lawrie & Symington stepped in to offer the use of Strathmore Hall, providing an ideal all-weather facility.

Jessie Jean Probst, co-founder of the charity, said the group is grateful for the help which has ensured the original line-up of activities can be included.

She said: “I can’t thank them enough for saving us. The field still hasn’t recovered and it would have needed was a week without rain to dry out, which we haven’t had. This is a huge weight off our shoulders.

Although a party will be held on Saturday night for ticket-holders, the event will be open to the public on Sunday between 11am and 4pm.

A packed programme will include best-dressed cowboy and Indian prizes, Wild West games and competitions and a hog roast. Details can be found online at www.scotlandsamericana.com