Abbey decision still pending

THE ARBROATH Abbey Action Group is still hopeful wedding services will resume at the town’s most famous landmark.

The group are currently waiting to hear if Arbroath Abbey custodians Historic Scotland will reverse their decision of stopping ceremonies at the Abbey.

The group’s chairman, Harry Ritchie, has also already written to the organisation asking them to reconsider, and recently a meeting took place between Historic Scotland, Mr Ritchie and local MSP Graeme Dey.

The Action Group has come up with several suggestions of how the Abbey could market itself as a venue for couples, which are currently being considered by Historic Scotland.

And now it is just a case of waiting to hear their decision.

Mr Ritchie said: “As a group we have written to Historic Scotland and Graeme Dey and myself have also met with them.

“We have made several suggestions to them on the way forward for weddings at the Abbey by letter and now we are just waiting for a reply.”

The group have also received support for their work trying to reinstate weddings from the local community and are now working on raising awareness of the Abbey as a wedding location.

Mr Ritchie added: “We have found that some of the public are not fully aware of the Abbey as a wedding venue.

“There has been a rise recently in people coming from America to get married in Scotland and we hope the Abbey can tap into that market.

“There is the close connection between the Declaration of Arbroath and the American Declaration of Independence and we hope that will encourage people to marry at the Abbey.”