NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Anchor art drops in around north east Scotland and Northern isles

Anchor at Aberdeen beach Image copyright Friends of Anchor/Balmoral Group
Image caption Aberdeen beach is one place to feature one of the anchors

Twenty anchor sculptures are appearing around the north east of Scotland and the Northern isles as part of a fundraising campaign.

The Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Orkney and Shetland public art trail has been decorated by artists to aid cancer charity Friends of Anchor.

The sculptures will eventually be auctioned off.

The money will go towards a project to establish a world-class oncology research unit in Aberdeen.

The University of Aberdeen is attempting to raise £4.5m in five years.

The Friends of Anchor (Aberdeen and North Centre for Haematology, Oncology and Radiotherapy) charity has pledged £1m.

The "20for20 anchor voyage" marks 20 years since the charity began its work.

Image copyright Friends of Anchor/Balmoral Group

The collection of anchors will be on public display until the end of October.

There will be 11 in Aberdeen, as well as Stonehaven, Banchory, Inverurie, Ellon, Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Elgin, Kirkwall and Lerwick.

The areas all fall within Aberdeen Royal Infirmary's Anchor Unit catchment area.

Friends of Anchor chairman Jim Milne said: "The effort and craftsmanship that has gone into each of the anchors is truly remarkable.

"I'd really encourage everyone across the region to take on the '20for20 anchor voyage' and see these 20th anniversary anchors for yourselves."

Image copyright Friends of Anchor/Balmoral Group

Professor Steve Heys, head of the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition at the University of Aberdeen, said: "The support of Friends of Anchor is second to none and will be pivotal in helping us achieve our goal of establishing Aberdeen as a centre for world-class cancer research.

"Such a centre will enable the university and NHS Grampian to attract and retain first-class academic and clinical staff and so contribute to clinical excellence through patient care and participation in clinical trials."

All production and manufacturing costs for the project are being covered by Balmoral Group.

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Image caption @OJ_COYR spotted the anchor in Lerwick entitled "The Parting Song" by artist Lindsay Allardyce
Image copyright Peter Gedge
Image caption Peter Gedge said "lovely one" in Inverurie, by Penny Downes
Image copyright James Paterson
Image caption James and Eilidh Paterson photographed their daughter Vaila with the anchor at George V Park in Banchory
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Image caption Napaporn Saekow, here on holiday from Thailand, spotted this one in The Green in Aberdeen city centre

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