Bishops Close dig nears completion

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A FULL report on the community archaeological dig in the Bishops Close area of the Brechin is nearing completion, Angus infrastructure services committee heard earlier this week.

“The results of the dig will be presented to the community by Murray Archaeological Services,” explains Mr Eric Lowson, director of infrastructure services in his report outlining progress on the City of Brechin Townscape Heritage Initiative.

“Many of the significant finds have been conserved and it is hoped that a selection of these finds will be displayed in the Town House Museum.”

Mr Lowson goes on to explain that school pupils from Brechin High, Andover and Maisondieu Primary Schools have continued to participate in the townscape heritage initiative with art based projects.

“A locally themed mosaic wall panel has now been fixed to a wall in Cross Keys Close and an

interpretation sign is currently in production.

“Pupils on the Rural Skills Programme at Brechin High School will assist with the planting of shrubs to the adjacent flowerbed. Further displays have been put up in vacant shop units on Swan Street and the High Street.

“These displays have enhanced the centre of Brechin, complementing efforts to regenerate the town centre.

“A new joint venture to assist local retailers is currently in development.

“A visual merchandising two -hour workshop has been provisionally organised for local retailers in

co-operation with community planning and the local business association.

“The free workshop will assist retailers in learning about shop displays both in the window and inside, merchandising and approaches to increasing sales and will be facilitated by a former visual

merchandising director of Debenhams.”