Anniversary of dog rescue charity
THE 50TH anniversary of the founding of one of Scotland’s best-loved charities has been celebrated in Fort William.
In 1965, Hamish MacInnes formed the Search and Rescue Dog Association (SARDA) in Scotland. It has now expanded to several parts of the UK. To mark the special occasion, more than 100 people gathered in the Alexandra Hotel.
Past and present members from SARDA Scotland, Southern Scotland, England, and the Isle of Man attended, as well as current dog han- dlers, and ex dog-handlers going back as far as 1965.
Moira Weatherstone of SARDA Scotland said: ‘ Old friends were reunited. New dog handlers were introduced and exchanged stories with ex- dog handlers from the ’60s, ’ 70s and ’80s. Old friends who could not be with us were remembered. We also celebrated the heroes - our dogs. Each table was given the name of a dog from the past including Hamish’s dogs. It was a fantastic evening and one we will all remember.’
CELEBRATIONS: Some members at the SARDA 50th anniversary dinner in the Alexandra Hotel with their dogs,
including founder member Hamish MacInnes, centre.