Mechanics Institute open for business

The Mechanics’ Institute is open for business as usual - despite scaffolding surrounding the building (writes Shona Beaton).

The Mechanics is currently undergoing a make-over as part of a £267,000 investment, which requires scaffolding to be erected.

Trust chairman Stewart Hill quashed any rumours that the Mechanics’ is closed during the course of the revamp works, following the cancellation of a concert due to be held this weekend.

“We are still open but we are struggling with the scaffolding being up.

“A concert, due to be held in the Mechanics this weekend, has been cancelled saying that the common consensus of opinion in Brechin is that the Mechanics’ is closed for the duration of the works.

“It is not. We are still operating, although under difficulty.

“The Trust, which is a charity, is responsible for the internal of the building and we are dependant on lettings to keep the place running.

“We are struggling because of the ongoing works.

“Just as recently as this weekend we held two functions which have gone ahead as usual.

“We have several Christmas functions coming up. For example, we have a Christmas Fair on December 9 to 11 and the Guildry Dinner on the first Friday in December.

“We have a lot of Christmas functions which will be going ahead despite the works.

“The works to the Mechanics’ Institute do not interfere with the internals of the building, it is just the externals of the building.

“We would just like to reassure people that the hall is still open for business as normal.”

Improvements to the exterior of the building will include repairs and repainting, lighting improvements, and the refurbishment of the clock and tower.

In addition, the car park to the rear of the building will be resurfaced, and provision made for disabled parking.

The Institute’s fire escape is to be replaced to maintain health and safety standards.

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