Special anniversaries for Guide Dogs

two special milestones will be marked at the Guide Dogs Training School in Forfar this Saturday during an open day from 12 noon to 4 pm.

2012 marks two special anniversaries: five years since the Guide Dogs moved into their new state of the art training facility, and also fifty years since Guide Dogs were handed title deeds to land in Forfar.

On March 26, 1962 Guide Dogs was presented with the title deeds of nine acres of ground on which their former home, Princess Alexandra House on the Dundee Road, was built with the help of generous local support. Princess Alexandra officially opened the centre on July 19. 1965.

And on June 11, 2007 Guide Dogs moved into its new flagship Guide Dog Training School in the Orchardbank Business Park, Forfar.

Now the Guide Dogs Training School is hosting the Fun Day to show its gratitude to local people.

There will be plenty of opportunities to participate in events on the day, including blindfold walks, and a walk though the Sensory Tunnel, which has been designed by the charity to provide an insight into the everyday challenges faced by blind and partially sighted people. It gives sighted people the opportunity to gain an understanding of how people with sight loss use all their senses in everyday life.

Other attractions will include guide dog demonstrations, highland dancing, and stalls, exhibitions and fundraisers. A tour of the training school, birds of prey, face-painting, ferret racing, schools’ birthday card competition, local bakers cake competition, Zumba demonstrations, prison service drug detection dogs, the Mains of Fintry pipe band and food and BBQ stalls will be among many action-packed family-friendly attractions on the day. Entry is free and free parking will be available in nearby council offices at Angus House. The official 12 noon opening by the new Provost Helen Oswald follows a Go Walkies fundraising walk around Forfar Loch from 10am. For more information please visit www.gowalkies.