Signal Tower’s special visitor

The Signal Tower museum was visited by the Mayoress of Chelsea and Kensington on Tuesday as she is related to Stevenson who built the Bell Rock lighthouse. Pictured with her are, from left - Colin Easton museum curator, David Taylor and Councillor Donald Morrison.
The Signal Tower museum was visited by the Mayoress of Chelsea and Kensington on Tuesday as she is related to Stevenson who built the Bell Rock lighthouse. Pictured with her are, from left - Colin Easton museum curator, David Taylor and Councillor Donald Morrison.

Arbroath’s engineering heritage acted as a lure this week when a special guest from London visited the town.

On Tuesday, the Mayoress of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Mrs Anne Hobson, visited the Signal Tower Museum to learn about the Bell Rock Lighthouse and her family connections.

Mrs Hobson is the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of the Bell Rock architect Robert Stevenson and was delighted to be given a tour of the museum by curator Colin Easton and David Taylor who runs www.bellrock.org.uk

Unfortunately, the terrible weather and poor visibility meant the Mayoress was unable to see the Bell Rock from the Signal Tower, let alone visit it.

Undeterred she said: “The main thing was to come up here and get to see the lighthouse. I will come back, and I’ll bring the Mayor with me. Even if I have to bring binoculars, I’m going to see it!”

According to David Taylor the Mayoress had contacted him via his website and after relating her connection had arranged to visit Signal Tower.

Mr Taylor was pleased that his website was able to help attract people to Arbroath to learn about the Bell Rock.

He said: “I’m absolutely delighted when people contact me saying that an ancestor of theirs had worked on the lighthouse. It’s not just people from Angus, we actually get people from as far afield as Canada and Australia taking an interest.

“It’s a great website and hopefully this will serve to increase interest in Arbroath and drive visitors here for a holiday.”

Councillor Donald Morrison was also in attendance and was proud of the attraction that the Bell Rock still holds.

He said: “I think it’s wonderful, especially with the weather we are having today. This is similar to what Robert Stevenson and his men would have experienced and it gives an idea of what they achieved.

“I’m so proud of Arbroath and its strong connection with the Bell Rock and all the lives it has saved in over 200 years.”