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Gamekeepers strip down to mankinis to raise money for charity

The Angus men stunned hillwalkers by stripping off on a munro.

Charity: The men raised money for cancer research.
Charity: The men raised money for cancer research. AGMG

A group of burly Angus gamekeepers stunned hillwalkers at the weekend by climbing a Munro then striping off into skin-tight pink Mankinis to raise £5000 for Cancer Research.

The group of 21 gamekeepers from Angus Glens Moorland Group were happy to take part in this cheeky fundraising idea in memory of loved ones lost to the disease.

Wife of local gamekeeper Samantha Annand, and her sister Vicki Smart, lost both parents to cancer and the pair have been raising money since, with almost £20,000 handed over.

On Saturday, they had additional support in the shape of gamekeeping staff, family and shepherds in the Angus and Grampian glens, who raised over £2000 with their alternative charity walk.

The rural taskforce joined others in the community to undertake a four hour round trip to the 3081ft summit of Mount Keen, which is a magnet for walkers, mountain bikers and sight-seers.

Money: The group raised £5000
Money: The group raised £5000 AGMG

At the top, participants surprised more than a few hikers by removing their clothes and donning fluorescent Mankinis which left little to the imagination.

Samantha Annand said: "The idea initially came about mainly because we wanted to do something different.

"My husband Neal is a gamekeeper and so are a lot of his friends and he does this in order to support me and my sister Vicki.

"In the past we have done the Edinburgh Moonwalk and various Cancer Research races.

"Loss from cancer doesn't get any easier and, unfortunately, many of our friends have been affected too.

"Quite a few of the boys who took part in the walk have experienced the loss of loved ones but this was a great way to raise money for such an important cause.

"Hopefully we didn't scare too many sheep and Munro bloggers!"

Samantha's husband, gamekeeper Neal, who was amongst those who dispensed with their modesty for a group photo at the top said: "I think Amazon must be wondering what is going on in the glens of Angus because they have had lots of online orders for pink Mankinis in the last few weeks.

"Gamekeepers might not be the kind of people traditionally associated with dressing up like this, stuck up in the hills all day, but it was a great way to get together, have a blether and a laugh and raise some cash at the same time."

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