Officers from Lothian and Borders Police will line up against a team of Scottish rugby legends in a charity match being held in memory of former firearms officer Steve Cully, who died last year.
The match will take place at Force Headquarters on Sunday, September 16th, and will see officers take on a team of ex-internationals including Scott Hastings, Doddie Weir, Sean Lineen, Gary Armstrong, and Gregor Townsend. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the charity Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland.
Steve joined the Force in 1994 and worked in a variety of roles before fulfilling his ambition to become a firearms officer. He passed away in September last year, due to a heart defect.
Steve was brought up in Belfast and was a keen rugby player who played club rugby at Murrayfield RFC, Edinburgh Wanderers RFC, Murrayfield Wanderers, Stewarts Melville FP, Edinburgh Academicals and represented Ireland U 21′s, Irish Exiles and the British Police.
He called time on his rugby career in 2005, but took up long-distance running, and in 2009 he was part of a team of Lothian and Borders officers who took part in the gruelling ‘Marathon des Sables’, a series of marathons taking place over a week in the Sahara Desert, raising thousands of pounds for charity.
His love for rugby and charitable nature inspired his colleagues to organise next month’s match, which will be attended by his wife Rosie (39) and two children Josh (4) and Hannah (7).
Sergeant Roddy Bainton is among the former friends and colleagues who have helped organise the event.
He said: “Not only will spectators be given the unique opportunity to see legends from the game in action once again, but there will be a whole range of family-friendly events, including a balloon race, prize draw, bouncy castle, an inflatable assault course courtesy of the Army, and kids’ rugby coaching courtesy of Rugbytots, involving many of the former pros. The Lothian and Borders Police Pipe Band will also be there to provide the soundtrack for the day.
“I would encourage any rugby fans and their families to come along and join us for what is sure to be a great day, and help us raise money for a worthy cause.”
The match takes place at 2pm on Sunday, September 16. Tickets cost £5 (under-16s free) and must be purchased in advance from
6/8 Haymarket Terrace
Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland Head Office
9 Haymarket Terrace