Minister set to visit Abbey

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Arbroath Abbey is set to welcome a high-profile minister next month in an attempt to help boost awareness of the historic landmark.

Culture and external affairs minister Fiona Hyslop will visit the Abbey on Wednesday, August 14, after accepting an invitation from Angus South MSP Graeme Dey.

While in the town Ms Hyslop will meet with members of the Arbroath Abbey Action Group, who have worked tirelessly to raise the profile of the building.

In addition the MSP will also head to Kirriemuir to visit J.M Barrie’s birthplace.

And Mr Dey is pleased that he will be able to show the minister such an important building in Scotland’s past.

He explained: “The cabinet secretary was delighted to accept the invitation because she is only too well aware of the significant place the Abbey holds in Scottish history.

“She also wants to meet with the Action Group to learn of the work they’ve done in raising its profile and awareness of its status.”

The Arbroath Abbey Action Group played an influential role in re-instating weddings within the Abbey after Historic Scotland stopped offering the service.

They have also been trying to further raise the profile of Arbroath Abbey in America in a bid to lure tourists to the town.

The Abbey has already been showcased across the Atlantic thanks to the visit of Craig Ferguson from the Late Late Show, which was broadcast on American TV, which profiled the building’s significance.