History of bridges made available

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MONTROSE Heritage Trust has erected an information board on the town’s waterfront, telling visitors the story of the crossing of the River South Esk at this point.

This programme of improvements to the quayside started with the small park area where the statue of Sea Dog Bamse, the legendary Second World War hero, was unveiled by Prince Andrew in 2006.

The Trust has submitted a bid to the Big Lottery Community Spaces Fund for further improvements to the rough piece of ground leading to the proposed RNLI lifeboat station.

It decided to add to the information points along the river frontage, with the help of Angus Council’s Community Grant Scheme.

Sandy Munro, of the Montrose Heritage Trust, who researched and wrote text for the noticeboard said: “This is a wonderful location to enjoy what Montrose has to offer, and to learn about the four bridges which have crossed the river at this point.

“All four have been quite different as you can see, and the new bridge we have today is an elegant addition for the 21st century. It has been rewarding to undertake this project, and we hope that residents, visitors and tourists will enjoy the new information.”

Mark Smith, chef/proprietor of the Quay restaurant opposite the new feature, said: “This is the sort of initiative that Montrose needs to draw people to the quayside. We have noticed a year-on-year increase in the number of people coming to enjoy the waterfront – many from overseas attracted by the story of the dog Bamse. It’s certainly good for our business.”