Wigtown walkers raise over £55k for Cancer Research

The royal garden party comes to Bladnoch, Jo Gourlay, Jude Murdoch, Emma Barlow, Barbara Woods and Hannah Higgins, "Going Nowhere Slowley".'GG 0607012 11
The royal garden party comes to Bladnoch, Jo Gourlay, Jude Murdoch, Emma Barlow, Barbara Woods and Hannah Higgins, "Going Nowhere Slowley".'GG 0607012 11

WALKERS taking part in Bladnoch Park’s 24-hour Relay for Life at the weekend raised a stagegring £55,000 towards Cancer Research UK.

Hundreds of people, forming 26 teams, took to the rugby field shortly after 11am on Saturday and walked through the night for the cause. Glorious sunshine helped them on their way and while some team members took their turn walking, others manned stalls selling baking, nail art, refreshments, face painting and plants, amongst others.

During the opening lap, survivors of cancer took turns in marching with the banner.'GG 0607014 11

During the opening lap, survivors of cancer took turns in marching with the banner.'GG 0607014 11

A fantastic display caused a stir as a Spitfire flew overhead and fancy dress, best bra, royal wedding and fancy dress laps provided entertainment through the weekend.

As 11pm neared and daylight faded, hundreds of participants and friends, families and visitors gathered on the track to remember those who have been lost to cancer. Decorated candle of hope bags were lit around the track - some in celebration of a loved one who had survived - and the congregation made their way around Bladnoch park for a poignant,

silent lap.

As the walk continued and the temperature dropped, with 2am came walkers in hats, gloves, blankets and wellies. The ground turned damp and the task became harder but on they walked until the sun came up and shorts and t-shirst were donned once again.

getting ready to kick off this years Relay for Life, organiser Anne Barclay.'GG 0607016 11

getting ready to kick off this years Relay for Life, organiser Anne Barclay.'GG 0607016 11

By 11am, a grand total of £55,073 was announced - with more expected over the coming the weeks - and the teams took a well-deserved rest to hear chairwoman Anne Barclay express her emotional thanks to all who donated and walked.

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