Cash boost for three groups in Montrose

Three groups in Montrose getting funding - Montrose Playhouse Project SCIO, MoFest and Montrose Air Station and Heritage Centre
Three groups in Montrose getting funding - Montrose Playhouse Project SCIO, MoFest and Montrose Air Station and Heritage Centre

Three groups in Montrose have benefited from a cash boost from Angus Council.

Montrose Playhouse Project SCIO, Montrose Music Festival (MoFest) and Montrose Air Heritage Centre were all awarded grants under the Community Grant Funding scheme.

The Playhouse Project was awarded £5,000 towards a business plan, which cinema consultant Ron Inglis is currently working on for the proposed cinema on the site of the former swimming pool, on The Mall.

Trevor Eakin, chairman, said: “This is another fantastic boost from a financial point of view. I know we have already said things will start to progress now, but it is only because of awards like this that we can do so.

“We are extremely grateful to Angus Council for their support.”

Councillor David May, who is on the Playhouse committee, said: “This allocation will enable us to move forward even further with what we believe is a much-needed facility for the town, as well as good for tourism.”

Meanwhile, the MoFest team has been awarded £4,534.94.

David Paton, festival chairman, said: “We are delighted that Angus Council is continuing to support MoFest by awarding this community grant to us.

“The money which, was applied for by our secretary Anne Jenkins, will allow us to buy some new gazebos, tables and supply radios to our stewards to increase communications for any potential incidents over the festival weekend.

“As MoFest is a registered charity in Scotland and run by volunteers, we do not make a lot of money from the festival weekend and rely on these sorts of grants and donations from the council and from the general public to help us continue each year.”

Mr May said: “The festival has been a huge success and all accommodation providers, eating establishments, local hostelries and shops great a massive boost from this.”

The Montrose Air Heritage Centre has also been successful in their bid for £3,830 for a major event that is planned for August 2 and 3 to commemorate the centenary of World War One in partnership with the RAF and the Western Front Association.

Dan Paton, curator, said: “On behalf of Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, I would like to thank Angus Council whose support over the past few years has been of great assistance in developing the heritage centre into the significant museum and visitor attraction that it is today.

“Museums all over Britain have been encouraged to commemorate the start of the First World War and Montrose Air Station has a special reason for an event on these dates in August.

“No 2 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps established the air station in 1913 – the subject of the special events last year.

“On August 3, 1914, they left Montrose to lead the RFC to war.

“One of the pilots, Lieutenant Harvey-Kelly, was the first British pilots to land in France on August 13, so we have called our project ‘First in France, 1914’.

“We have recently been awarded a major Heritage Lottery grant for a new building which will house our First World War collection, and the event on August 3 will formally open the building and launch the project.”

He concluded: “The event has caught the attention of the Scottish Commemorations Panel, the body set up by the Scottish Government to co-ordinate First World War commemorations, so it is likely to be attended by senior RAF officers and get national publicity.”