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MONTROSE Air Station Heritage Centre has landed a share of more than £500,000 of funding granted to museums and galleries across Scotland.

The centre, which has received £10,500, is one of 24 institutions to benefit from the cash allocated by Museums Galleries Scotland’s (MGS) Capital Fund programme. Its grant will go towards the cost of upgraded lighting for the air station’s former headquarters building to enhance its revamped displays.

In a separate grant, Angus councillors were this week recommended to approve £900 from the authority’s community grants scheme to help the centre meet the costs of publicising the air station’s centenary this year.

Alan Doe, chairman of the Ian McIntosh Memorial Trust, which operates the centre, said the funding is welcome and will do much to improve the centre’s exhibition as part of a continuing refurbishment programme.

He said: “We’ve been revamping the displays and needed some fresh lighting to liven up the place and make the new display more appealing. We’re delighted to win the funding which will help to transform the HQ building.”

Mr Doe praised Angus Council for its continuting support of the centre and its activities, including helping it to attain accredited museum status, which unlocked further avenues of funding.

He added: “The grant is very generous and I can’t speak highly enough of the support we’ve received from Angus Council. The MGS grant is also a direct compliment to them as it was Willie Milne, the museums manager, who helped us with the accreditation process.

“It just seems that success is breeding success.”