IT’S A sport not normally associated with spandex and sequins, but the launch of the 2011 Melrose Sevens was all about 1970s glam.
The glitzy launch was to announce that this year’s tournament is supporting Macmillan Cancer Support, which is celebrating its centenary.
The line-up at The Greenyards saw students and models from Heriot Watt University modelling 70’s-style garments that were ‘up-cycled’ from charity shops – and which have been shown at two shows in Edinburgh and the Heriot Watt campus in Netherdale.
They joined other players and friends and the charity’s fundraisers – alongside Macmillan Man, the charity’s mascot. “The Melrose Sevens is supporting Macmillan Cancer Support in its centenary year in recognition of the support they have given to people affected by cancer since the charity was founded in 1911. Our theme will also, we hope, help to highlight how treatments and outcomes have improved in just a few years,” said Douglas Hardie, marketing convenor, Melrose RFC.
Every year, the Melrose Sevens attracts supporters in fancy dress and the club will this year be offering a cash prize for the best fancy dress costume, to encourage supporters to make the occasion even more colourful.
Director of Macmillan Cancer Support, Elspeth Atkinson, said: “We are delighted that the Melrose Sevens is helping us raise money this year.
“It’s such a huge event in the rugby calendar and we also hope it will raise the profile of our work. This partnership is a lovely way to celebrate the charity’s 100th birthday.”