Wings and wildlife for Heritage Week

The Bamse Trail will form one of the local activities during Angus Heritage Week.'Staff photograph
The Bamse Trail will form one of the local activities during Angus Heritage Week.'Staff photograph

MONTROSE and district is ready to play its part in the first ever Angus Heritage Week, which gets under way this Friday.

The week will celebrate the county’s culture and traditions as well as its natural and built heritage and a series of events has been organised in the town to highlight the best and most interesting aspects of its history.

On Friday the exhibition ‘Spitfires over Angus’, highlighting RFC/RAF Montrose’s role as an operational air base in both world wars opens at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre while this Saturday and Sunday Logie Schoolhouse will be open to the public.

Dating from the 19th century, the schoolhouse is one of the most complete surviving examples in Scotland of a mudwall building and in the past it served a number of uses including as a school and a church.

It later fell into disrepair but has now been fully restored by The National Trust for Scotland and Angus Council.

Also on Saturday, The Montrose Society will conduct a free heritage walk of the High Street and its closes while on Sunday ‘Our Wetland Wildlife’ at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre will focus on the nature reserve’s abundance of flora and fauna. The Bamse Trail, run by Montrose Heritage Trust, will also take place on Sunday and will cover the role the St Bernard played in wartime Montrose - and dogs will be made welcome.

This Tuesday, September 11 there will be a free talk on ‘New Life for Scottish Castles’ in Montrose Museum while Montrose Library will host a local and family history resources session. For those who wish to view Montrose’s other nightlife, Montrose Basin Visitor Centre is holding an ‘After Dark’ session, which will shed some light on how the reserve rangers carry out surveys at night using camera traps.

There are more than 40 events running across the county during the week, which ends next Friday, September 14, and full details of the festival programme are available from leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries and tourist attractions as well as online at www.angusheritage.com.