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AUSA asks for volunteers ahead of Torcher Parade return

Thursday October 12th 2017 at 1:19 PM

Aberdeen University Students’ Association has put out a call for volunteers ahead of the return of their historic Torcher Parade.

It ran for more than a century. before being cancelled last year due to traffic concerns.

But this year it’s back – albeit with a shorter route down Albyn Place, along Union Street and down King Street.

Today, organisers have asked for volunteer stewards to help the procession on Saturday the 21st of October at 6pm.

They say a “full briefing” will be given before the event starts.

Alex Govier, Chair of AUSA’s Raising and Giving Committee said:

“We’re delighted to be bringing Torcher back this year and look forward to putting on a great show for the people of Aberdeen.

“Aberdeen has a proud history of supporting this important cultural event which helps raise the profile of the fundraising AUSA carries out which raises tens of thousands for local and regional charities.

“As part of this we’re looking for volunteers to play a unique part in the parade this year getting a behind the scenes look at how the historic parade operates.”

Adrian Watson, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Inspired said: “Aberdeen Inspired will continue to support the historic Torcher Parade and we hope crowds come out in their thousands to line our main thoroughfare and cheer the students on.

“The parade raises money for many deserving charities and I would encourage any budding volunteers to apply for what will be a fun yet very worthwhile cause. With the event just over a week away and after a short break, I’m sure the students are gearing up to put on a great display, I hope the city embraces this unique-to-Aberdeen event.”

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