Royal visit marks re-opening of museum

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ARBROATH’S newly refurbished Signal Tower museum was officially re-opened with a Royal seal of approval on Friday.

Her Royal Highness Princess Anne (The Princess Royal) joined members of Angus Council to mark this important stage of the Year of the Light celebrations.

Arriving at 3.40 p.m. from a previous engagement in Carnoustie, Princess Anne, a keen amateur pharologist, spent around an hour touring the updated museum before visiting briefly with the crowds outside.

Council leader Bob Myles hailed the day a success and applauded Her Royal Highness for her interest and knowledge of the Signal Tower.

He said: “I felt the whole day went very well, and Princess Anne was amazingly well-informed.

“We had four events in Angus that day (Friday) and Princess Anne showed a knowledge and understanding of each place and project above and beyond what you might expect from just a Palace briefing.”

“Of course, she has a close interest in the Signal Tower and has already taken a trip out to the Bell Rock.”

Councillor Myles was not fortunate enough to be included on the guest list for the private tour of the new facilities.

“Because of limited space I wasn’t able to join the small party that toured the museum so I didn’t get a chance to speak to her there.

“However, I did speak to those who were inside and they said the Princess asked very pertinent questions and seemed very impressed with the museum.”

Councillor Jim Millar described the visit as an “huge success”.

He added: “I am glad that there were so many members of the public there, and Her Royal Highness was extremely interested and extremely knowledgeable of the Stevensons and of the exhibits.

“This was a very high profile event, and I think the money we’ve spent on refurbishing the museum will be very much a lasting legacy for the town.”

Councillor Millar was also certain that the addition of an updated museum would prove an invaluable tool in Arbroath’s tourist industry, calling it a “major boost” to the economy.

He went on: “I think that people’s expectations of museums have changed. Where we used to have more generic museums, more specialist ones are becoming popular.

“I think that we have provided a specialised museum, and I am extremely confident that the town will reap the benefits of this.”