Life and Life Gypsy Church gathering in Montrose given permission

Light and Life Gypsy Church has been granted permission by Angus Council to host a gathering in Montrose

Light and Life Gypsy Church has been granted permission by Angus Council to host a gathering in Montrose

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Angus Council has given its blessing to a Christian festival in Montrose a year after the authority evicted the followers from the same site.

Light and Life Gypsy Church has been granted permission to host the gathering on the East Links.

It started on Monday and runs until Friday.

Last year, organisers brought the event to Montrose without permission.

Angus Council applied for a court order last May to evict the church and its followers from the site.

An council spokesman said: “Organisers have sought and were given permission for an event to be held at Montrose East Links from August 22 to 26 having met all the relevant criteria.

“Council staff, including the safe events team, met with organisers in advance of the event and, as is routine, will continue to give it their attention.”

The Light and Life has a network of churches across the UK with three in Scotland, including one in Montrose.

Followers believe in miracles, carry out full-immersion baptism and follow the bible’s words literally.

The church forbids fortune-telling, drinking alcohol and smoking.

The East Links has traditionally been used as a passing through area for travellers.