Sun shines on hospital’s fete

20110820- Sunnyside Fete. 'Train driver Mick Walton was kept busy with passengers. ''"Andy Thompson Photography", '"Copyright Andy Thompson Photography", '"No use without payment", '"www.atimages.com",
20110820- Sunnyside Fete. 'Train driver Mick Walton was kept busy with passengers. ''"Andy Thompson Photography", '"Copyright Andy Thompson Photography", '"No use without payment", '"www.atimages.com",

THE WEATHER bucked the trend of recent days and stayed fair for Sunnyside Hospital’s summer fete, which was held in the grounds at the weekend.

Hundreds of people enjoyed the day which included a host of attractions including children’s activities, a variety of stalls, a car boot sale, music from Montrose Town Band and refreshments.

The fete is one of a series of events to mark the hospital’s closure and celebrate 230 years of mental health care in Montrose and followed a service of thanksgiving on Friday in Hillside Church.

An exhibition is also running at Montrose Museum until Saturday, September 24, which 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.

The exhibition includes medical equipment, plans, papers and uniforms as well as portraits and display boards about the developments in the field and the key figures involved locally such as founder Susan Carnegie and Dr James Howden.

The museum has also hosted a series of talks which will continue at 7.30pm on Thursday, September 8, with ‘Montrose Royal Asylum - The history of psychiatric nursing’ and ‘The present and future of psychiatry’ on Thursday, September 22, also at 7.30 pm.

Admission is free but booking is essential. Places can be reserved by contacting the museum on 01674 673232.

The hospital will close its doors for the last time in November when staff and patients will move to new facilities at Stracathro Hospital.