Martial arts team gets digging for Moray Sports Centre memorial garden
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YOUNG martial arts enthusiasts dug in to help add springtime colour around Moray Sports Centre last week for a memorial garden dedicated to a former staff member.
On the morning of Thursday, April 1, a group of around 20 helpers planted daffodil bulbs in the 2020 Field of Hope garden to remember Gillian Addison, who worked front of house at the sports centre.
It is hoped to create an uplifting sea of yellow in tribute to Gillian. The martial arts competitor lost her cancer fight last year.
The young martial arts squad and their parents, along with instructors, completed the planting, which has been ongoing since October last year, and has involved various sports club members and staff from the centre.
They got in the last two bucketfuls of bulbs donated by Brodie Castle.
Kate Sansum, owner and instructor at Sansum Black Belt Academy which has run classes at the centre since January last year, said: "A huge thank you to all the students and parents who helped.
"Gillian used to be a Sansum Black Belt Academy student. She was wonderful, and she was part of the reason for us having such great success up at Moray Sports Centre when we moved there.
"We are starting training again outside at Moray Sports Centre on Tuesday, April 13, and we got the kids together to help plant the last of the donated bulbs."
The official opening of the Moray Sports Centre play park will take place on Saturday, May 1, between 10am-3pm, and Callum's Kitchen will be offering an outdoor takeaway food service.
Taster sessions for the sport centre's adult classes will run on the day, while youngsters can try martial arts moves with the Black Belt Academy's young members.
Indoor martial arts classes will resume on Monday, April 26. For information, email email@example.com.