Farmers’ dance gives £830

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MONTROSE Farmers’ Dance committee recently backed a fund-raising campaign to provide a garden in memory of members of Arbroath-based 45 Commando.

The unit aims to provide a woodland garden at its base, RM Condor, as a focal point of contemplation for Royal Marines and their families to remember comrades killed or seriously injured in action.

Committee chairman Willie Officer told the Review that the decision to fund-raise for the garden was reached due to close links between local farmers and members of the elite regiment.

They undertook a 12-hour sponsored tennis marathon with the help of Montrose Tennis Club, which donated its facilities for free, and realised £830 for the project.

Mr Officer said: “During a recent social event it became apparent that the creation of the woodlands garden at the base for families of past and present marines was a very worthy cause to raise funds for.

“The garden is due for completion in time for Remembrance Day, by which time 45 Commando Group will be home from tour in Afghanistan.