Events for end of Sunnyside

THE NEXT event in the run-up to the closure of Sunnyside Royal Hospital will be a Thanksgiving Service on Friday.

And the following day there will be a summer fete in the grounds of Sunnyside.

The service, which is open to everyone, will begin at 2pm in Hillside Church. It will be conducted by the Rev. Linda Broadley and will give the local community an opportunity to remember, reflect and look forward with others who have a connection to Sunnyside. Refreshments will be provided afterwards in the village hall.

The summer fete on Saturday will run from 11am to 3pm with children’s activities, various stalls, a car boot sale (£5 entry), music from Montrose Town Band and refreshments. If the sun doesn’t shine the fun will continue indoors in the old Nurses’ Home on the ground floor of Booth House.

The exhibition currently running at Montrose Museum until September 24 has on display a number of artefacts showing the history of the hospital and charting the daily lives of staff and patients over the years.

Montrose Museum is also hosting talks over the course of the exhibition: ‘The history of Sunnyside’ on August 25 at 7.30pm; ‘Montrose Royal Asylum - The history of psychiatric nursing’ on September 8 at 7.30pm; and ‘The Present and Future of Psychiatry’ on Thursday, September 22, at 7.30pm. Admission is free but booking is a essential as there are limited places. Contact the museum on 01674 673232.

There is a planned publication of ‘The Last Sunnyside Chronicle’, the former staff newsletter, following the closure in November. The focus will be on the past, the present and the future. Copies will be available to order.

Contributions from staff members past and present or anyone who has something to share are very welcome, and can be placed in memory boxes at the museum exhibition and the summer fete or e-mailed to

Head of mental health services for Angus Community Health Partnership Bill Troup said: “These events will give the local community, current and former staff, patients and families the opportunity to look back and celebrate the 230-year history of mental health care in Montrose.”

The new mental health facilities at Stracathro are due to be handed over to NHS Tayside in late October, with patients and staff transferring from Sunnyside a month later.

The new development at Stracathro will replace the existing facilities at Sunnyside and is part of a £95 million project to provide state-of-the-art facilities for adult and older inpatients, out-patients and day patients from across Tayside.