MEMBERS of Arbroath Abbey Action Group (AAAG) had a productive meeting with members of VisitScotland in the Abbott’s House at the Abbey on Monday.
The group is working hard to increase the profile of the historic monument.
And the objective of the meeting was an endeavour to increase tourism in Arbroath and to get the full backing of VisitScotland who are the Government arm for tourism in Scotland.
Attending from VisitScotland were Malcolm Roughead, the chief executive, and Jim Clarkson, regional director (east).
The meeting was chaired by the AAAG chairman, Harry Ritchie, and excellent presentations were made by members Bob Spink, Ian Lamb and Geoff Bray.
Mr Ritchie hailed the meeting as most productive. He commented: “VisitScotland were obviously impressed by the presentations and took away copious notes from the meeting.
“They did admit to learning more history of Arbroath and went away promising to go over their notes and come back to us with details for another meeting, to take the matter a step further. Very encouraging indeed! “As chairman I would like to thank the three people who made the presentations and who obviously went to considerable time and trouble in researching their topic.”
Mr Roughead revealed: “I had a very good, positive meeting with the members and I was impressed by the enthusiasm, passion and commitment of those around the table.
“To bring some of the great ideas to fruition we need to harness and prioritise them.
“To that end VisitScotland has offered to help pull together an action plan in conjunction with the Action Group as the next step towards delivery of activities which will benefit Arbroath in particular and the wider region in general.”