Looking forward to the next cartie race

Winner of the best hallowe'en themed cart, Brymer's cat, is seen in action during Saturday's cartie race.
Winner of the best hallowe'en themed cart, Brymer's cat, is seen in action during Saturday's cartie race.

Brechin’s High Street buzzed with excitement on Saturday as carts whizzed downhill as part of the Brechin Retailers’ group’s Hallowe’en in the City cartie race.

Crowds lined the High Street, two or three deep in places, to watch as carts raced along trying to record the fastest time in their category.

The event was so successful that the Retailers are already thinking to next year’s event, which will be included in the Scottish Cartie Associations league.

Speaking on behalf of the Retailers’ Group, Bill Sturrock said: “It was a great event. We even made it on to the national news.

“At one point during the afternoon it was three or four deep all the way down to the finish line. I reckon about 1,500 to 2,000 people would have been there.

“It was good, it was entertaining and people were enjoying themselves.”

Mother nature may have tried to put a dampener on the event on Friday when the area saw some unseasonably early snow, but lucky the snow melted and the event went ahead as planned.

“On Friday night I was on the phone to Bruce Robertson (of the Hardware Store) asking is he had sledges because I thought whatever we are going to do we are going to use the High Street for something.”

To warm themselves up during the afternoon Bruce Brymers put on a barbecue, selling 400 plus burgers with profits going back to the group.

“We also got a lot of support from local businesses to help set up, from the loan of a fork lift truck to vans to help

“It was really good community involvement from everyone concerned.

“The council events’ team gave us a lot of help and support and now that we have a blueprint it will be so much easier to do again.”

Despite having just held this year’s event thoughts are already focusing on next year’s competition.

“Next year I think we could manage to take the carts all the way to the leisure centre. If you took the carts to the left of the cross, instead of the right, they would pick up much more speed.

“Maybe we could fit in some head to head racing as well.”

And it is not just the Retailers’ Group which is thinking ahead to future events.

“There is a woman, aged 72, who is going to get her grand son to build her one for next year,” explained Bill.

“She was at the start line the whole day, watching the carties go and she has said she is going to drive.”

In the evening The Retailers held a Monster Ball at the old City Club.

Prizes awarded on the day were as follows: fastest 16 plus pro, Steven Hall; fastest 16 plus novice, Ian McIntosh; best Hallowe’en themed cart, Brymer’s cat; best entertaining team, 600 racing; best designed cartie, Duncan McIntosh trailers; fastest under 16 novice, Alix Brymer.