The sun was out and spirits were high in Dundee at the weekend for Recovery Walk Scotland. The event is now in its fifth year, but this is the first time it has been hosted by the city of Dundee.
Addaction, Recovery Dundee, the Scottish Recovery Consortium and Scottish Families Against Drugs were among the many organisations which took part. According to the Scottish Recovery Consortium, around 1,500 people registered their attendance in advance. On the day itself, participants ranged from service users and young families, to politicians and police officers.
The event began at 11am with an assembly on Dundee’s Marine Parade Walk, followed by scattering roses in the River Tay to remember individuals lost to addictions over the past year.
The recovery walk procession went via the city centre to the festival site at Magdalen Green, where musicians and speakers took to the stage, alongside a tented ‘recovery village’ and kids’ activities.
Derek Watt from Recovery Dundee, who joined in on the day, said: “We’re quite a new group; a bunch of people who are in recovery. We aim to help people by the power of example.
“We know the people and organisations that can help those recovering from addictions to find work or get involved in different activities, so we can point them in the right direction.”
David Barrie, Addaction Dundee’s service manager, said: “Our staff and service users had great fun preparing for Saturday’s event in their home city. We’re so proud that the walk was hosted by Dundee, as the city has been blighted by the tragedy of drug and alcohol related deaths.
“By taking part, we could show how recovery from substance misuse is possible and how lives really can be turned around. Our participants are living proof of that - and we want to celebrate it.”