A GROUP of Angus gamekeepers stunned hillwalkers last weekend by climbing a Munro then stripping off to reveal matching pink mankinis.

The twenty one gamekeepers from the Angus Glens Moorland Group took part in this stunt on Mount Keen to raise £5000 for Cancer Research. Local gamekeeper's wife 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 so far.

Samantha 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!”

Neal, who was amongst those who dispensed with their modesty for a group photo on the 3081 ft summit, added: “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.”