More than 300 people walk streets of Montrose in moonlight for charity

Led by a piper, the Moontrose Night Walkers set off from the Park Hotel
Led by a piper, the Moontrose Night Walkers set off from the Park Hotel

More than 300 people put their best feet forward for a walk in the moonlight around the streets of Montrose to raise money for a cancer charity.

There are superstitions about going out on a full moon for fear a werewolf may pounce, but a total of 305 walkers set off from the Park Hotel on Saturday night (May 2), guided by a full moon, in aid of Cancer Research UK.

The walkers were led from the hotel by Arbroath piper Pete Bell for either a 5k or 10k walk around the town back to the hotel, and so far they have raised £20,000 for the charity.

Alana Loudon, chairwoman for Angus Committee For Cancer Research UK, who organised the Moontrose Night Walk, said: “It was amazing, a wonderful event.

“We are very happy with how it went. The feedback we have heard has been great - the people of Montrose really embraced the event.

“This is the first time we have done the Moontrose Night Walk and we said if we could get 30 people we’d be happy and we could build on it and as organisers it has been fantastic not only in terms of how much money we have raised but how many people took part and their enjoyment.”

She added: “One 82-year-old woman said she was only going to walk the 5k route but in the end she decided to do the whole 10k.”

Many people were walking in memory of a someone close to them and one team, Chiquitita, made up of staff from NHS Aberdeen completed the walk in memory of their colleague from Montrose, Jackie Gunn, who died last year.

Before the walkers left the Park Hotel, they were entertained by local band Backtrax. Claire Ramsay, Zumba instructor from Arbroath, got them moving. They both gave up their time for free.

Buicks Furniture Shop in Montrose sponsored event.

As the walkers strolled down Newhame Road they stepped to the beat of Angus based African drumming group, Zuglu Drummers.

Alana said: “We would like to thank all the walkers for both their fund-raising and their spirit during the walk, the Park Hotel for letting us use their premises, Buick for sponsoring the event, the helpers and volunteers, all the entertainment, the Co-op for gifting a voucher, the Premier Store in Montrose and CJ Lang in Dundee for suppling water and Tunnock’s for donating biscuits.”

Alana said the Angus Committee For Cancer Research UK hope to make the walk an annual event in Montrose during the full moon in May.

There grand total raised during the Moontrose Night Walk will be announced at an event in the Park Hotel where walkers can hand over the last of their sponsorship money.

Alana concluded: “We hope to see the 2015 walkers back and more joining in for the 2016 walk.”