More than £158,000 was raised at Saturday’s Relay for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK at Clickimin, allowing Shetland to reclaim the record for the most successful event of its kind in Britain.
The weather was kind for the 1,900 folk taking part in 133 teams, with every kind of fancy dress and brightly coloured costume in evidence, from pirates and cowboys and girls to clowns, Mexicans and police women.
Event chairwoman Olive MacLeod said: “We were all completely bowled over by it, it just shows the amount of support there is here.”
Speaking of the atmosphere on the night, she said: “It was lovely, it’s so friendly and it’s quite emotional, but it’s happy too as you’re celebrating those who have survived as well as remembering people.”
Along with the teams, support was given by the Jarl’s squad, Aestaewast drummers and Scaldin Bragg who all took a turn on the track.
Among those walking, and the first to take a lap and kick off the all-night time walk, were the survivors. This year 120 people of all ages, as well as family, friends and other supporters took part in an emotional lap of honour.
As well as those walking laps on the track, a multitude of volunteers worked at the gala during the day to sell home bakes, teas and coffees, barbequed food, books and bric-a-brac. There were stalls for painted faces and braided hair and various games and workshops were held throughout the day.
Throughout the night a range of activities and entertainment was also on hand to keep the crowds motivated.
Music from the likes of from Jillian Isbister, May and Mackie, Da Fustra and Sheila Henderson played all night, and in the exercise and relaxation marquee a range of soothing activities were held, including pilates, yoga and massages.
While there was fun and high spirits throughout the event, the night time candle of hope ceremony, which saw hundreds of personalised and decorated candle bags being lit in memory of those who have lost their battle with cancer, gave a chance for folk to remember loved ones.
For the full story, see this week’s Shetland Times.