Local man memorial bike event for cancer

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A very special memorial charity event for a Donside man who lost his battle with lung cancer has raised £28,000 for Macmillan .

Robbie Allan was born and raised in Garlogie, where his mother was publican of the Garlogie Bar for over 30 years.

He competed in motorcycle sport for over 50 years before he died in August 2013 at the age of 72 following an eight-month battle with lung cancer.

At the time of his death he was President of the Scottish Auto Cycle Union who govern motorcycle sport in Scotland. He competed in all disciplines of the sport including the Isle of Man TT and his swan song was his attempt in the Dakar Rally at the age of 65!

Robbie’s brother and sister have also suffered from the disease.

The charity memorial weekend was held on July 19-20 and was a classic event featuring riders of Robbie’s generation at Tinto Park Moto, Rigside, Lanarkshire.

The unique and nostalgic event saw a host of classic scrambles and trials as well as an appearance from former world champions Graham Noyce, Dave Thorpe and Neil Hudson. Money was also raised from a raffle and auction of memorabilia.