Another big Relay For Life turnout expected

The survivors' lap at Clickimin back in 2014. The Relay for Life takes place at the Gilbertson Park this year for the first time.

OVER 1,300 people are set to take part in this weekend’s Relay For Life event in Lerwick.

Nearly 70 teams have registered for the Cancer Research fundraiser, which will take place at the town’s Gilbertson Park for the first time on Saturday and Sunday.

Over £954,000 has been raised by Shetlanders since the biannual event started in 2006.


The event will take place between 8pm and 8am as fundraisers walk through the night around the perimeter of the park.

The day will open with a gala event from noon, with family-friendly stalls and entertainment on offer.

A survivors lap featuring at least 115 people will be held at 6.45pm before the main event kicks off at 8pm.

The Gilbertson Park games hall will offer live music from acts like Fjanna, Phat Sharp, The Bluemelts and DJ Lyall, while the “alternative entertainment tent” will host activities like zumba, jazzercise and massages.

A tea tent and a BBQ will keep the refreshments flowing.

At 10.30pm, the walk will be stopped to allow the Candle of Hope ceremony to take place.

Candle bags will be lit in honour of those who have lost their lives to cancer, or people who have survived the disease, and placed around the inside of the track.

A roll of honour will be displayed inside the games hall and outside if the weather permits, with ‘hope’ and ‘cure’ signs being illuminated.

Fundraising for Relay For Life will continue until 31 August, with a final tally set to be revealed at a “thank you” night in September.