Slideshow: Golden celebration for Guide Dogs

The crowds turned out in their hundreds on Saturday to celebrate Guide Dogs’ 50 years in Forfar at an open day at the Orchardbank training school.

The day began with a short address by Logan Anderson, training school manager, and Wendy Rankin, regional director of mobility services, who thanked the crowd for their attendance and reflected on how the support of people from Forfar and across Angus has been instrumental to the centre’s success.

20150919- Forfar Guide Dogs Training Centre''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES ''No use without payment.

20150919- Forfar Guide Dogs Training Centre''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES ''No use without payment.

DJ compere for the day was Alister Smith of Wave 102, and the Mains of Fintry pipe band completed the opening ceremony.

The open day allowed members of the public to go behind the scenes and learn about the valuable role played by the charity.

Around the centre site there was dog training demonstrations, pet dog competitions, dancing displays, ferret racing and birds of prey.

There were plenty of trade and gift stalls and inside the training centre people enjoyed games and tours of the kennels.

One popular attraction was a sensory tunnel which gives people an insight into what it’s like to have sight loss.

Similarly, blindfold walks with trainee guide dogs outside were very popular and gave members of the public an insight into experiencing life as a guide dog owner.

Another star attraction was puppy Bridie - named in honour of the Forfar celebrations - with lots of people happy to meet her.

After the celebrations Logan said: “I’d like to thank everyone who attended and made the day a fantastic occasion.

“We have had lots of positive feedback. Throughout the course of the day there were lots of old friends meeting again and sharing stories, and it was a fitting way to celebrate our Golden Anniversary.

“It was our biggest and best fun day yet and the staff and volunteers at the centre are to be commended for all their hard work and effort in planning the day.

“Special thanks also go to Alister Smith of Wave 102 who did a great job letting everyone know what was happening and being the PA/compere on the day.

“The sun shone brightly throughout the day and people came from all across Scotland to share our special day with us.

“I think we succeeded in giving local people a fantastic family day out, which was our overall aim.

“People from Forfar and across Angus have given us tremendous backing over the past 50 years, and this was our way of saying thank you.”