Starter’s orders for annual derby

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MONTROSE Rotarians and Round Tablers are busy putting the finishing touches to one of their main fund-raisers of the year, the annual Donkey Derby, which will be held on the East Links this Sunday.

The popular event has raised many thousands of pounds over the years for local charities and good causes and, as well as the pony races, on which spectators can place bets, there will be a host of side-shows including a coconut shy, bottle stall, a bouncy castle and other rides for children.

A barbecue and other refreshments will be available and there will also be number of games visitors can try their out their skills, face painting and a beat-the-goalie event.

The ever-popular Gordon School of Dancing will appear and the Montrose Town Band will play during the afternoon. Also taking part are a number of local community groups including Tayside Fire and Rescue, Montrose Highland Games, DebRA, the YM and Montrose Amateur Operatic Society.

Convener John Fraser said: “We want to make the Donkey Derby an even more inclusive community and family fun event. Let’s hope we get a good day for it.”

The derby gets under way at 1.30pm, admission is free and there will be ample free parking at the East Links.

Montrose Rotary Club is looking for interested men and women to join them. They are dedicated people, men and women from business and professions who share a common interest in helping others. Thousands of pounds are raised every year for community projects including local and overseas charities.

Any business, professional or community leader willing to use their experience for the benefit of others is welcome to attend. The club meets weekly on Tuesday evenings at the George Hotel for a meal in a friendly, social atmosphere. Meetings often include a talk on a subject of general interest by an outside speaker.

Further information is available by e-mailing the secretary at fraservl@hotmail.com or writing to The Secretary, Rotary Club of Montrose, at the George Hotel.

The round table is open to men aged 18 to 44 living in or near Montrose and further information is available by calling membership officer Andy Boyd on 07715 171073 or by e-mailing andrew.boyd@parkrow.co.uk.