Celebrating fifty years of Guide Dogs

Guide Dog puppy Bridie, named in honour of the Forfar celebrations, will be at the fun day.
Guide Dog puppy Bridie, named in honour of the Forfar celebrations, will be at the fun day.

Forfar’s leading role in training guide dogs over the last 50 years is to be celebrated with an open day at the training centre on September 19.

Guide Dogs Scotland invites all members of the public to take part in the Forfar Training School Fun Day as the charity celebrates 50 years of Guide Dogs in the town.

It promises to be an action-packed family day out from 11am to 4pm featuring guide dog training demonstrations, tours of the centre, blindfold walks and sensory experiences.

Highlights will include tours of the training school, Guide dog demos, blindfold walks, climbing wall, bouncy castle and rides, sensory tunnel, fly ball demo, BBQ, stalls and exhibitors and arena entertainment.

There will be a sponsored dog walk around Forfar Loch from 10am to 3pm while further entertainment at the training school will include the Mains of Fintry Pipe Band, demonstrations from the Forfar dance studio, Tayside Roadrunners’ demonstration, doggy competitions, face painting and raffles.

Logan Anderson, training school manager, said: “The support of local people was instrumental in Guide Dogs coming to Forfar half a century ago. Over the decades their generosity has been unwavering. The Fun Day is a way of saying thank you to the local community, who will be made very welcome on the day.”

Entry is free and although there is no parking at the Guide Dogs centre on the day, free parking will be available at nearby Angus Council offices.

The current purpose-built Forfar Training School replaced the original headquarters in Dundee Road. For more visit www.guidedogsscotland.org.uk, or www.facebook.com/guidedogsscotland