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Elaine C Smith visits Montrose

Solus Productions filming on Wharf Street, interviewing Andrew Orr of Montrose Heritage Trust. From the left, Tony Kearney Director, Andrew Orr, Elaine C Smith, Martin Cunningham (sound), Phil Gurney (camera). Photo by Solus Productions.

Solus Productions filming on Wharf Street, interviewing Andrew Orr of Montrose Heritage Trust. From the left, Tony Kearney Director, Andrew Orr, Elaine C Smith, Martin Cunningham (sound), Phil Gurney (camera). Photo by Solus Productions.

Renowned Scottish actress, entertainer and author Elaine C Smith visited Montrose to film for her forthcoming TV series ‘Bird’s Eye View’ last week.

The filming was related to her sell out show at the Webster Memorial Theatre in Arbroath, ‘Elaine C Smith – Still Standing ... Just!’

At one point the celebrated star brought the crowds flocking out and almost brought traffic to a standstill as she walked up and down the High Street.

Coming across the statue Bill the Smith by William Lamb, she pronounced that this must be her long lost Uncle Bill and filmed a piece about him.

Other locations used were a famous secret garden hidden away in one of the town’s closes, and the Bamse statue at Wharf Street.

Elaine said: “I have often passed by Montrose on my way to appear in panto at His Majesty’s in Aberdeen, and it’s great to have a chance to stop and take in.

“I just love the High Street which reminds me of some of the great borders market towns – such a surprise for the north east.

“Up one of the closes we have found an award winning secret garden which is an absolute delight, a real gem. And then I have discovered sea dog Bamse and his amazing story, which almost made me cry! Montrose is just full of interest.”

 

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