Culture secretary visits Abbey

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The Scottish minister for Culture visited Arbroath Abbey today (Wednesday) as part of her tour of Angus heritage sites.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Ms Fiona Hyslop was given a guided tour of the Abbey and met with representatives of the Arbroath Abbey Action Group.

They took the opportunity to discuss the role of the group in promoting the Abbey. Chairman of the group Harry Ritchie said: “Ms Hyslop enquired as to our progress in our endeavours in promoting Arbroath Abbey to its rightful place in Scottish and world history and we were pleased to inform her of our progress to date.

“Ms Hyslop was genuinely interested in our project and wished us every success in its future.”

The cabinet secretary said: “The county of Angus has a dramatic and colourful past. This of course includes twelfth century Arbroath Abbey, in the care of Scottish Ministers through Historic Scotland, which played a hugely important role in our history and continues to welcome visitors from around the world.

“I was very interested to meet representatives of the Arbroath Abbey Action Group, who are very committed to this beautiful and symbolic site and hear their views.”

Also at the tour was MSP for South Angus Graeme Dey. He said: “I was delighted that the cabinet secretary took up the invitation to visit Arbroath Abbey.

“She met with the Arbroath Abbey Action Group and was interested in the work they are doing promoting the Abbey and tourism in Arbroath and later will visit Barrie’s birthplace in Kirriemuir.”

Our picture shows Ms Hyslop and Mr Dey examining the copy of the Declaration of Arbroath on display at Arbroath Abbey.