Royal visit discussed at Brechin SNP meeting

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At THEIR latest meeting in the Caledonian Hotel, some of the members of Brechin and Area Branch SNP reported on a talk they had attended recently given by Bruce Kent on the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

All agreed that this topic was particularly interesting in light of the motion on defence in the forthcoming Annual National Conference in Perth from October 18 to 21. As usual, Brechin Branch and Angus North and Mearns Constituency Association will be well represented by local members.

David Smart, social organiser, reported on progress for our Craft Fair to be held in the City Hall on November 17 from 10am to 4pm. Crafters from Angus and the Mearns have already signed up but there are still some spaces available. Interested parties should contact David on 01356 626688. Further details will be advertised nearer the date.

Following the visit of Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, to view the projects completed as part of The Brechin Townscape Heritage Lottery Initiative, MSP Nigel Don congratulated everyone concerned in the success of the scheme.

Mr Don commented: “The THI has been a great success for Brechin and Sarah Kettles, manager of the THI and the staff of Brechin Town House Museum where the reception was held deserve praise for ensuring the visit was a great success.

“Special mention should be made of Kit Martin who involved the Prince’s Regeneration Trust in the restoration and re-occupation of the Merchant’s House, probably the oldest residence in Brechin. I also want to commend the excellent catering provided by Rosie’s Bakehouse which added to the success of the day.”

All members present agreed with vice-convener Stewart Mowatt that the success of THI, instigated by the previous Angus Council SNP administration, has brought about a more positive attitude in the city. That, coupled with the sterling efforts of the Retailers’ Association in attracting and organising events for the community, is very welcome in these austere times.