Hallowe’en in the City set to be a treat for Brechin

Gavin Brymer, Fiona and Paul Knowles are pictured with Campbell Archibald in the cartie from Alba Power the main race sponsor. 'Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES.

Gavin Brymer, Fiona and Paul Knowles are pictured with Campbell Archibald in the cartie from Alba Power the main race sponsor. 'Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES.

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This Saturday’s BRAVO Brechin Hallowe’en in the City cartie race is on course to be bigger and better than last year’s event.

Organisers have introduced several new tricks for this year, which are sure to go down a treat with the public.

As with last year’s race, Alba Power is the main sponsor of the event.

Gavin Brymer from BRAVO, said: “We wouldn’t be able to do the things that we are doing this year without their support.

“The big change this year is we are setting up a giant TV at the cross. We’ve hired it out from Musselburgh Race Course.

“It means that everyone at the top end of the course will be able to see what is going on at the bottom part.

“We’ve also teamed up with Aberdeen University, and there will students there on hand to film what’s happening down at the bottom.”

Organisers have also set up speed traps and will link up with the timing unit. Gavin continued: “We’ve got speed traps throughout the course so that we can see how fast the carts are travelling during the race.

“We’re also going to be connected to the timing unit at the end, so that we can beam times on the screen as soon as we get them to that people will know who is in the lead.”

The course starts at the top of the High Street, goes along Bridge Street and ends just past the leisure centre on River Street.

Gavin said: “The flood prevention guys have been really good, and they’ve allocated a little space for us so we can keep the course the same. There will be a variety of entertainment at the Leisure Centre, as with last year.

“Horne’s funfair will be coming back with a few rides at the leisure centre, and there will be food vendors and stalls there too. There will be lots of entertainment down at the leisure centre, and its aimed mainly for children.”

The cartie race will be capped off with a performance from a troop of Morris Dancer, who are touring the north east of Scotland.

Gavin added: “We’ve also got a group of Morris Dancers performing. It’s a group of dancers from across England, and they’ve been on a tour of the north east, and this is their final stop of their Scot Fest Tour.

“They’ll be performing on the High Street at 4pm. It’s something we’ve seen on TV, but not really seen live. I think that’s part of the reason why they are doing the tour.”

Overall 33 teams have entered the competition, with teams from across the UK taking part. As with last year, tractors will return carts to the top of the course in batches of 10.

Organisers are still looking for volunteers to help with the course set up on Friday night.

Work to construct the course will start as the High Street closes at 6pm on Friday, October 30. Volunteers are asked to meet at The Cross.