Busy weekend at Hospitalfield

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OVER 200 people toured Hospitalfield House during Sunday’s open day, many of them local folk who confessed to be first-time visitors and who are now preparing to become Friends of Hospitalfield.

Visitors enjoyed free tours of the historic building – now a residential centre for the arts – a first class selection of crafts on sale and an appearance by the Hill Street Singers, while costumed members of the Arbroath Abbey Timethemes added to the atmosphere.

Chair of the Hospitalfield Trust Kenneth Cargill said: “Between our Friends’ first anniversary evening event on Friday with 100 guests and then Sunday’s open day, it has been a busy weekend for Hospitalfield and an excellent way for our small pool of volunteers to make their mark.

“We couldn’t have done it without them and we are very grateful for all the generous contributions we have received.”

Friends of Hospitalfield now number 200 and the target is to reach 300 this summer. A varied programme of events is in store including a fun night with the Monster Ceilidh Band on Saturday, March 26, a Tartan Week gourmet supper on Friday, April 1, and a concert by top Scottish folk artist Rab Noakes on Saturday, May 14.

r Members of Arbroath Abbey Timethemes and visitors mingle in the Picture Gallery at Hospitalfield on Sunday.