Elise’s dancers help raise £900 for Wick memorial garden

MORE than £900 was raised for Wick’s World War II memorial garden on Saturday at an event staged by the Elise Lyall School of Dance.

There was a carnival atmosphere at the site in Bank Row as 45 of Elise’s talented young dancers took to the stage to perform a variety of routines against a backdrop of stalls and bunting.

In less than two hours a total of £900.60 was raised for the community group that created the garden and is responsible for maintaining it.

Parents from the dance school were selling teas and freshly made pancakes, while the raffle, bottle and face-painting stalls were busy throughout the morning.

It was an occasion for remembrance as well as entertainment, as July 1 is the anniversary of the bombing of Bank Row in 1940 when 15 people were killed. Three others lost their lives in an air raid at Hill Avenue in October the same year, and the garden commemorates all 18 victims.

In a poignant gesture towards the end of the event, 18 of the dancers each laid a bunch of flowers against a wall in the garden where victims’ names are inscribed in the stonework.

Ten of those who died in the two attacks were children, ranging in age from four to 16.