Duns Moctober extravaganza

Fund Raising in Duns
Fund Raising in Duns

This Sunday sees a fundraising extravaganza in Duns to raise money for Prostate Cancer and St Columba’s Hospice.

A group of local fundraisers have been working tirelessly for the past two months planning the event - dubbed ‘Moctober’ - which will include a Car Pull, Sponsored Shave, Hog Roast, music and lots of fun!

Fund Raising in Duns

Fund Raising in Duns

Knowing family and friends who have suffered prostate cancer spurred the group into action, and they are hoping that members of the public and local businesses will help them raise much needed funds for both causes. The running total raised to date is £3,500 and it hoped that much more will be raised on Sunday.

A spokesman for the group said: “As everyone is well aware, prostate cancer has become more common and we would like to firstly raise awareness of the condition and secondly raise funds to help with research into this type of cancer.”

Firstly, the rally car pull will start from the former home of the late, great Jim Clark, and make its way to the Jim Clark Memorial Trophy Room in Newtown Street, Duns - a total of 8.5 miles.

The pull will start at Edington Mill at 11am on Sunday when a team from Duns and District Amateur Operatic Society (the first of 20 teams from local clubs and organisations who expressed a wish to take part) will pull the rally car for the first leg. The other teams will all be involved along the way.

The pull will arrive in Chirnside at 12 noon when the car, led by Duns Pipe Band, will be pulled through the village by the Chirnside Tartan Army.

Once in Duns, at approximately 2.45pm, Duns Ex-Reivers will pull the car round the Market Square, again led by the pipe band, before the finish at the Jim Clark Room.

The organisers are asking motorists travelling on the Duns to Berwick road on Sunday to be careful and look out for the car pull which will be marshalled all the way.

During the month of October a number of ‘well-kent’ faces agreed to grow beards and moustaches as part of ’Moctober’ and they have been gathering sponsorship before having their facial hair removed in a grand ‘Turkish shave’ to be held at the Black Bull Hotel in Duns on Sunday starting at approximately 4pm.

The razor will be in the very capable hands of Coldstream barber Chris Ditcham.

The Hog Roast will commence at 5.30pm at the Black Bull. Come along and enjoy a hog roast roll (sponsored by Oink) and a pint or a glass of wine (sponsored by Alan and Pam Turner of the Black Bull). Tickets, priced £6, can be purchased from the Black Bull.

A marquee has been kindly donated by Greenlaw Festival Trust and will be erected at the Black Bull where two live bands have agreed to give their time for free and entertain.

There will also be a charity auction in the marquee at approximately 7pm with a large variety of lots including a rally jacket from David Bogie, the 2011 British Rally Champion.

Two advertising trailers have been on display at various events in the weeks running up to the event in an effort to attract sponsorship from businesses and individuals and they have proved very popular. The total raised so far is a whopping £3,500!

Now all that is needed is the support of the public to help make this day an outstanding success.

Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so by visiting the Royal Bank of Scotland, Duns branch (account number 00694077).

For further information on the event contact Pam at the Black Bull Hotel on 01361 883379.