Packed programme for annual fun day

Laura's brother Daniel Forbes pictured with Lauren Doig and Katie Whight at Murton Farm.
Laura's brother Daniel Forbes pictured with Lauren Doig and Katie Whight at Murton Farm.

The final preparations are now under way for Forfar Academy’s annual fun day, organised in memory of pupil Laura Forbes.

Laura’s Fun Day is the school’s main fund-raiser of the year, named for Laura Forbes who died in 2013 shortly after her 16th birthday, following a long battle with cancer.

The charities Calum’s Cabin, Scottish Charity Air Ambulance and The Brain Tumour Charity are all set to benefit from the proceeds of Sunday’s event, as well as other fund-raising activities which have been organised.

Now in its fourth year, the fun day will again be held at Murton nature reserve between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Organisers have arranged a packed programme for the day, starting with a 10k run around Murton with entries being taken on the day.

Favourite activities including ferret racing, wood chopping, assault course and treasure hunt will be held, along with lots of other free events for youngsters including mini tractor driving, trampolines, giant Jenga and Swingball.

New for this year is a display of classic and vintage cars mounted by the Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club. There will also be a vintage tractor towing a portable car wash which can be used for a donation of £5.

Members of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will be in attendance and will be giving budding firefighters, young and old, the chance to put out a real fire

The school’s Young Enterprise group, Purple Castle Products, has also been in full production for the day and has supplied specially produced Laura’s Fun Day mugs and badges to be sold from its stall on the day.

This year’s raffle is also proving to be popular with dozens of prizes donated by local businesses and The Laura’s Fun Day 2015 Facebook page has details of an auction for a signed and framed Dundee United top. Bids can be made through this page or by messaging Laura’s Mum or Dad, Audrey and Donald Forbes directly.

Euan Gow, principal teacher of pupil care and support, said: “It’s a chance for the whole of Forfar and Angus community to come together and I would ask that everyone considers coming along.”