News from Montrose Library

The Strathspey King: As many readers will know, the ‘Montrose Memories’ group hosts a wide range of speakers. Last month’s was Neil Werninck on the history of Montrose Aerodrome. This month Sandy Dolan will relate the story of James Scott Skinner, ‘The Strathspey King,’ whose music is still widely popular. It is on the last Tuesday in the month - March 26 - at 2pm in the exhibition room. Admission and refreshments are free.

Tartan Day: Tartan Day, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath on April 6, 1320, is now an established event. The idea really took off in Canada first, in the 1980s, but other places, including Australia, New Zealand and the USA took it up. Angus, is at the heart of the celebrations and the library has several things to offer. For youngsters, a Scottish Craft Activity and Story afternoon, from 2.30pm to 4pm on Wednesday, April 3. Places are limited so booking is essential. Please call 01674 673256 or

On Thursday, April 4, there will be a Tartan Bookbug session – wear something tartan and enjoy some traditional Scottish songs and rhymes. Adults will enjoy the Ken Hay Photograph Day in the Exhibition Room, an archive showing Montrose through the last half of the 20th century. There will be a new slideshow running all day. Refreshments will be available. For more information contact Senior Archivist Fiona Scharlau on 01307 468644 or

5-Star Luxury: You can win two nights’ accommodation for two at the five-star luxury Brucefield Boutique B & B in Arbroath. All you have to do is complete a brief survey of seven questions relating to Tartan Day and you could be in with a chance of winning this super prize. The survey is available at the library or at The prize must be taken between May 1 and October 31, depending on availability.

Review: ‘Bad Mothers United’ by Kate Long is the long-awaited sequel to the ‘Bad Mother’s Handbook’, and it’s equally funny and touching. The characters are back – Charlotte, Karen and Nan – older, of course, though not necessarily the wiser. If you loved the Handbook, you will definitely love this!