Students join glam launch for Melrose Macmillan Appeal

Heriot-Watt University students Charlotte Crombie, Ross Briers, Laura Turquand-Young, Elliott Hardie (Melrose player) and Amel Belkacemi, took part in the launch.

It's 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 from Heriot Watt University modelling 70s-style garments that were 'up-cycled' from charity shops - and which have been shown at two shows in Edinburgh and the Heriot Watt University Borders Campus.

They joined other players and friends and the charity's fundraisers - alongside Macmillan Man, the charity's mascot.

The charity works to improve the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support as well as pushing for better cancer care. It funded its first Macmillan nurse in 1975, and today funds over 4,500 health professionals from doctors to nurses, and from physiotherapists to dieticians.

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."

Tickets for the 128th annual Melrose Sevens (9 April), priced from £20, are available at or direct from the club, and concessions are available.

The draw for both the Melrose Sevens and the Davidson Chalmers Melrose Sevens Veterans Tournament will take place at Melrose RFC on Saturday 2nd April. The teams taking part are:

  • Melrose Sevens, Saturday 9 April:
    • Hamilton (South Africa), Waikato (New Zealand), Hong Kong Scottish, Melrose, Selkirk, Hawick, Kelso, Langholm, Gala, Jedforest, Peebles, Ayr, Heriots, West of Scotland, Watsonians, Boroughmuir, Currie, Dundee HS, Glasgow Hawks, Stirling County, Stewarts Melville, Falkirk, Aberdeen Grammar, Edinburgh Academicals.
  • Davidson Chalmers Melrose Sevens Veterans Tournament, Friday 8 April:
    • Cayman Islands & Hawick Harlequins, Hamilton (South Africa) and Tyndale (Northumberland), Orkney, Morgan Old Blacks, Edinburgh Academicals, Melrose, Islay, Madras, Glasgow Hawks, Puffin Gannets (North Berwick).