Cheques presented to extravaganza helpers

Three cheques presented in the Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club's premises on Wednesday. Pictured at the front are, from left - Bob Baldie, Michael Baldie Angus Engineers, Alan Cairns Forfar Rotary, Lesley Munro and Douglas Thompsett Pitstop.

Three cheques presented in the Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club's premises on Wednesday. Pictured at the front are, from left - Bob Baldie, Michael Baldie Angus Engineers, Alan Cairns Forfar Rotary, Lesley Munro and Douglas Thompsett Pitstop.

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The 39th SVVC Scottish Transport Extravaganza held this year at Glamis Castle has given three Forfar charitable organisations a huge lift.

Lesley Munro, SVVC Club Administrator, delivered three cheques on Wednesday to Forfar Rotary Club, Angus Young Engineers and The Pitstop totalling over £2,000.

The money handed over was a thank you to the three organisations for staffing the gates and selling programmes at this year’s extravaganza weekend in July. Lesley gave the volunteers a well earned “cuppa” from a vintage 1943 Austin K2 canteen vehicle, believed to be the only one presented by the Queen (the late Queen Mother) in August 1943 to the Angus emergency relief organisation.

Lesley said: “This year’s extravaganza was a great success and we are delighted local organisations are sharing some of the rewards for the benefit of the local community. The young members of AYE and Pitstop were a real credit to Forfar. They not only turned up early and ready for action each day but also added to the enjoyment of our visitors by greeting them with a warm Angus welcome”.

Forfar Rotary club members have become a regular fixtur, having staffed the gates for the last six years. Alan Cairns, Vice President of Forfar Rotary said: “it’s hard work but our Rotarians find it very rewarding since every penny earned is donated to charities in and around the Forfar Area”.

Dave Valentine, Rotary Marafun Convener who has organised rotary’s involvement since 2008 added: “It’s great to work with such enthusiastic young people doing good work within the community. I’m also pleased the Pistop, AYE and SVVC have all agreed to enter teams for next year’s Marafun on May 25, 2014”.

Bob Baldie, a teacher at Forfar Academy who helps organise the various Angus Young Engineers projects said: “AYE is an after school club that engages in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths based projects. The money raised will buy plastic for our latest high-tech 3D printing project”.

Dawn Mullady, Project Worker at The Pitstop said: “The Pitstop is a local youth organisation offering young people opportunities to take part in educational activities and projects. The money raised will purchase equipment for our current design project.”