The Marine Alec Lucas Memorial Tournament and Family Fun Day 2012

A warm thanks to all who made it another successful day

On Sunday 7th October at the Peebles Ex-Servicemen’s Club, a presentation took place to express gratitude to some of the local supporters, whom we hadn’t had the chance to thank formally, for the help and contribution they made to a fantastic Memorial Tournament and Family Fun Day on the 26th. May 2012.

The event was a huge success due to the support, help and love of the local people who turned out in abundance.An amazing £10,500 was raised, which brings the total after 4 years to £69,000!

This year, local Clubs were asked to submit details of projects or equipment for which funding assistance was required. This enabled the Committee to distributed monies in line with what the Clubs really needed.

In line with the aspirations of the fund raising Committee, £7,500 was distributed. £4,000 went to local clubs as follows:-

1) PEEBLES AMATEURS: for indoor winter training, match day polo shirts.
2) PEEBLES YOUTH FOOTBALL: for winter training.
3) PEEBLES JOUNIOR SECTION: for winter training.
4) PEEBLES ROVERS FC: for winter training at the Gytes.
5) LEITHEN VALE SPORTS CLUB: towards a new equipment storage unit to replace the current dilapidated facility -Completing this process.
6) VALE OF LEITHEN FC: towards extension at Victoria Park to the pavilion.
7) LEITHEN ROVERS AFC: further contribution towards improving drainage.
8) TWEEDDALE ROVERS AFC: New Ties and team members and sponsors.
9) ROYAL MARINES CHARITABLE TRUST FUND that many (TOO MANY) injured Marines and their families are assisted by (£2,000)
10) ROYAL MARINES Woodland Garden 45 Commando Arbroath (Where Alec was Based) (£1,500)

Representatives from all recipients were in attendance to receive their donations.

Alec was a servant of his country, a dedicated footballer and a loving Father devoted to his fiancé and Daughter.

Alec loved football. He played for the Royal Marines and was in the team that won the coveted Navy Cup for 45 Commando Arbroath in 2008. He captained two under-21 International Scotland teams against Wales, winning both home and away matches. He played for the local teams noted above and Dalmore in Auchendinny.

A man who was devoted to and proud of his fiancé and daughter, Alexander James Lucas (Alec) was killed in Action in Helmand Provence 24th Nov 2008 Age 24. He was a Royal Marine Commando, serving with 45 Commando, Condor based in Arbroath.

The family and organising committee, would like to thank everyone for their help and generosity. Next year’s Memorial Tournament and Family Fun Day, will take place on Saturday 1st, June 2013 at Whitestone Park in Peebles.