VALE of Leithen will return to Whitestone Park on Saturday, hoping to keep their hands on the Alec Lucas Silver Trophy.

Chris Anderson's players will be joined by 15 other seven-a-side teams taking part in the annual fundraiser.

And, as is tradition, the day will begin with a fitting minute's silence to remember the life of Marine Alec Lucas.

Alec, who was a well-known local footballer, was killed in action whilst serving in Afghanistan during 2008.

More than £130,000 has been raised for military and local football causes since the tournament was first staged.

Alec's father Adrian Lucas, who has been a driving force behind the tournament, told us: "This is the 11th year of the tournament, and last year there was a fantastic turn out with lots of support from family, friends and visitors.

"This is a very special day for us, so please come along and enjoy what’s on offer and support the football teams that come from far and wide to commemorate this day."

As well as a host of teams from around Peeblesshire, there will also be sevens from Chester, where Alec spent much of his childhood, and also the Royal Marines.

As well as plenty action on the pitch, there will also be plenty to keep the whole family happy on the sidelines.

Celebrated chef Gary Moore will be serving up burgers and hotdogs, while Caldwell’s will be selling their famous homemade ice cream. The ever-popular beer tent will return.

And there will be penalty kick competitions for children throughout the day.

This year's tournament will start following the 11am minute's silence.

The final is scheduled to take place around 4pm.

Admission is free.