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Participants in our previous walk - with Alan Longmuir and Ed Image Credit: Ron MacNeill

Monarchs 100 on the march

NEWS Thursday 30th August 2018, 11:43am

by Mike Hunter

As you may already be aware from Scott Wilson's announcements, the Monarchs 100 Support & Fundraising group are on the march again – and have a planned sponsored excursion on Sunday 30th September for the Forth Road Bridge (and then to the stadium).

The day will also serve as a commemoration of the role of former Bay City Roller Alan Longmuir who was a patron of the Monarchs 100, but sadly died earlier this year.

The outline plan is this: Coach from Waterloo Place to the bridge, where the walk commences at 10:30. After the walk the bus will depart for the Dale where there will be hamburgers and drink available for the wind-down!

Derek Wilkinson and Scott Wilson are leading the way as they have before for this group but we have also heard from our good friend Liam Rudden who was a close friend of Alan Longmuir.

Liam told us "Alan had an absolute blast when he took part in the Monarchs 100 Forth Road Bridge Walk, although he did opt for the bus back.

"He loves nature and adored the views from the bridge as he chatted with everyone on the crossing. He was delighted when he was asked to be a patron of the Monarchs 100 Club and took the role very seriously.

"He loved meeting people and was always genuinely surprised by the reaction he got. A highlight of his last visit was having his picture taken with Ed but secretly he couldn't resist the opportunity to (try to) hop on a speedway bike."

Of course Liam's show "I Ran with the Gang" was about Alan Longmuir and put on a special showing with funds going to the Monarchs 100.

There are sponsorship forms for the walk available on the "Monarchs 100 walk and barbecue" page and the organisers would appreciate hearing from anyone planning to go.