Dismay leads to forgiveness for Sally Army

Major Helen A. Young.
Major Helen A. Young.

Forgiveness and engagement are more important than recrimination according to one Arbroath minister whose community centre has been subjected to mindless vandalism.

Major Helen A. Young, minister of the Salvation Army in Arbroath, made the comments after the Salvation Army centre on Market Gate fell victim to vandals who damaged a storage shed and wrecked a 30-year-old mosaic which was installed when the building opened.

The Salvation Army Centre in Arbroath was vandalised at the weekend.

The Salvation Army Centre in Arbroath was vandalised at the weekend.

The shed and the mosaic are out of the way at the rear of the centre and are not always in use, and it is thought the damage was done at some point over the weekend. It was discovered on Monday by members of the congregation.

The Major is keen to see those responsible find other ways to express themselves and has offered her time and compassion to help them.

She told the Herald: “I don’t know if we’ll ever be able to repair the mosaic.

“But what I want to highlight is this - if anybody wants to, they can come and have a cup of tea and speak to me. I want to offer youngsters something to do for the summer, I’ve got worthwhile things they can be involved in.

“I don’t want to condemn and accuse them, I want them to come and have a cup of tea or a Coca-Cola, come and talk to me and see if there’s anything to make their holidays more bearable, if that’s what it is. Or if they just want to come and apologise and say ‘sorry, we had a mindless wee hour’.

“I’m not cross, I’m just a bit sad.”

The door is always open at the Salvation Army Centre at 45 Marketgate, or call on 01241 872525.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “We are aware of the matter and are looking into it. We would appeal 
to anyone with any information to contact Police Scotland on 101.”