It’ll be a ‘knockout’ day

Helping hand: Members of the sports centre's It's a Knockout team are pictured lining up to have their legs waxed to raise money for Abbi Reid.

Helping hand: Members of the sports centre's It's a Knockout team are pictured lining up to have their legs waxed to raise money for Abbi Reid.

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Six local teams will go head to head in an “It’s a Knockout” challenge at Union Park this Saturday to raise money for Montrose girl Abbi Reid.

Organised by the Montrose Emergency Services Group (MESG), the event will bring together squads representing all the local emergency services, Tesco, Montrose Academy, Rossie School staff, Montrose Sports Centre and the Links Park Community Trust to compete in a series of games during the course of the afternoon.

The event aims to be a fun-filled family day and, as well as the centrepiece competition, which will be refereed by Councillor David May, attractions will include target football, sumo suits, a Gladiators inflatable, Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre’s Red Baron biplane, a barbecue, beer tent and face painting.

Those attending are also being encouraged to take along their bicycles which they can have security stamped by local business Mr Bikes and there will also be information stall manned by the Special Olympics team and representatives from the new charity-funded air ambulance service. The day will round off with an open air concert by local bands The Beauts, Medicine Well and the zugalu drummers.

Constable Ally Hutchison, who has helped to organise the event, said it will be a day for the entire family to enjoy.

He said: “We really are trying to promote is as something for the whole family because in the absence of the Highland Games, and with the Donkey Derby under threat, there seems to be a shortage of community events.

“We’ve had a huge response to it and have at least 60 competitors and the enthusiasm has been such that I believe the academy team has even had their own special T-shirts printed, and the sports centre team has already done a sponsored leg wax to start raising money. It should be a good day.”

The funds raised by the event will help to meet care costs for six-year-old Abbi, who is due to undergo surgery to alleviate the symptoms of cerebral palsy.