A Knockout weekend of events in Montrose...

Members of Montrose Emergency Services Group
Members of Montrose Emergency Services Group

A weekend of fun and games will get under way this weekend at Montrose Academy to mark the school’s

bicentenary.

Jon Leith- McGaw

Jon Leith- McGaw

The weekend of events gets rolling on Friday from 6.30 to 9pm with a roller disco in the school canteen.

Montrose Emergency Services Group’s (MESG) It’s A Knockout returns for the third year this Saturday at Montrose Academy as part of the school’s 200th birthday celebrations.

The eight teams taking part are current champions Montrose Sports Centre, Montrose Air Trainings Corps, Angus Polis, Maggies Fitness, Links Park Community Trust, Transplant Ambassadors, Angus Sports Development and Montrose Academy.

The event begins at noon on Saturday with the teams taking to the arena shortly after.

Proceeds from this year’s event will go to local seven-year-old Jon Leith-McGaw who suffers from Angelman Syndrome - a rare neurological condition which means so-called ‘Angels’ constantly smile and laugh but have severe learning disabilities, often never being able to speak or walk.

A suggested £2 donation will be taken at the gate, which will be presented to Jon, who lives at Craigo with his family.

As well as the ‘coveted’ toilet seat and shield, this year’s winners will also win tickets to the Big School Reunion 80s night at the Town Hall on Saturday, August 29, when The Blow Monkeys and China Crisis will take to the stage.

There will be a variety of stalls present during the Knockout including a bouncy castle, face painting, cake and candy and a barbecue.

A funfair will also be present on Friday night during the roller disco and during It’s A Knockout on Saturday.

There will be tours around Montrose Academy between noon and 4pm, starting in the school hall where there will also be inside stalls.

The weekend of events in the town will culminate in a charity cycle ride in support of Prostate Cancer Scotland organised by the Rotary Club Of Montrose.

Registration is at 11.30am at Montrose Sports Centre. Registration and sponsor forms are available from the Van Werninck Studio, Murray Street, and Watts Solicitors, Montrose High Street. There will be two routes - one of 6km and one of 20km. Both start from the sports centre at noon.

MESG committee member Scott Constantine said: “This year’s event is set to be our biggest and best yet. Working in partnership with The Montrose Academy Bicentenary committee and the Rotary Club of Montrose has been great.

“We are grateful to the many companies and organisations who have helped during the planning of the Knockout and we look forward to seeing as many people as possible on Saturday.”

Tickets are on sale for £2.50 to the general public from today (Wednesday, June 17) at the Academy’s reception.