MEMBERS of Kirktonhill Tennis Club joined players from across the area last weekend to raise funds for the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity and in memory of the highly respected local coach and player Marie Dixon.

Marie coached at Cardross and Craighelen as well as playing at Helensburgh Tennis Club, and the glorious weather saw a record-breaking turnout of 46 players from Kirktonhill, Cardross, Craighelen and Helensburgh taking part on the Helensburgh courts.

The mixed doubles format of the tournament saw Craighelen’s Gerry Black and Helensburgh’s Jackie Hunter win in a thrilling final against Iain MacLaren from Helensburgh and Elaine Clancy from Cardross.

More than £600 was raised by the players through entry fees, donations, and a raffle. The event has been taking place for more than 15 years and this was the highest amount raised in the history of the competition.

Marie’s family of Maeve, Angus, Eric, and their families also took part and thanked everyone for keeping their mother’s memory alive and for raising a fantastic amount.

Eileen Drummond from Craighelen played alongside Marie on many occasions and thanked everyone for their donations and keeping the memory of Marie in everyone’s minds each year.