Signal Tower to get a royal visitor


THE OFFICIAL opening of the refurbished Signal Tower Museum will be given the royal seal of approval later this month.

The museum is set to be re-opened by the Princess Royal on May 27 as part of the Year of the Light celebrations marking the bicentenary of the Bell Rock lighthouse.

The Princess has already been involved in the Year of the Light events having hosted a reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh in February to commemorate the Bell Rock and the work of Robert Stevenson.

The Signal Tower Museum, which was once the land base for the Bell Rock lighthouse, has been closed for refurbishment since last year.

Once re-opened it will include a replica of the base of the Bell Rock as well as new permanent displays on the construction of the lighthouse.

Princess Anne, who is a patron of the Northern Lighthouse Board, will officially open the refurbished museum.

She has already visited the Bell Rock on two separate occasions and is also known for her passion for lighthouses which have fascinated her since she was a child having visited most of Scotland’s 209 lighthouses.

On the same day as visiting the Signal Tower, the Princess will also take in Carnoustie on another official engagement.

She will be stopping off at the Carlogie House Hotel, which has been transformed into a respite facility for young carers by the East Ayrshire Carers Centre (EACC) branch of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers.

The former hotel had lain vacant for some time until the EACC took over the building on a 10-year lease.

It was the branch’s chief executive Jane Smith, who is originally from Monifieth, who identified the building as a possible holiday home for young people who may be responsible for caring for sick or disabled relatives.

The hotel acts as a retreat for these young carers and allows them to enjoy the many nearby attractions including Carnoustie beach.

Burst pipes during the winter of 2009 caused severe flooding to the hotel and the EACC had to find an extra £70,000 to pay for the damage.

But after holding a sponsored walk from Kilmarnock to Carnoustie, the charity found enough money to revamp the building and it finally opened last Septembe.

Other places the Princess Royal will visit on her one day trip to Angus include Isla Primary School in Kirriemuir and the Royal British Legion Scotland in Forfar.