On THE afternoon of the October 4, His Royal Highness, the Duke of Rothesay, visited the fully restored Merchant’s Town house in Brechin.
The tenants, Mr and Mrs Wise and Mr and Mrs Walker, and Kit Martin took the Prince on the tour of the buildings, alongside the Princes Regeneration Trust staff, Pauline Megson and Jane Robertson.
The Prince was also introduced to, and especially interested in talking to, the local craftsmen and apprentices involved in the overall Townscape Heritage Initiative of which Merchant’s House’s survival and reuse is a fundamental part.
His Royal Highness was then taken to the main gallery of the Brechin Town House Museum, which gave him an opportunity to meet stakeholders, supporters and the design team, along with local Brechin Councillors Bob Myles, Mairi Evans and Jim Houston.
Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, speaking before the visit, said: “We are hugely excited to show our President these two very different but important projects. We believe that in order to save and celebrate an area’s distinct character, it is key that we look to work with our wonderful local legacy of historic sites and rescue and reuse them whenever possible. Both these projects are at quite different stages and present different challenges and objectives – however, both tell the fascinating story of the two regions and their successful regeneration is
fundamental to the local community, economy and landscape.”