Lecture season begins on Friday

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THE FIRST in a series of lectures will be held on Friday by an Arbroath group and will concentrate on one of the town’s historic cultural leading lights.

Next year will mark the bicentenary of the birth of Patrick Allan-Fraser of Hospitalfield, making him an appropriate subject for Arbroath Guildry.

Dean of the Guildry, Ian Lamb explained the purpose behind the lecture season.

He said: “Our aim with the Guildry lectures is to bring to the town people who are acknowledged experts in their field to talk about subjects which will be about, or of direct interest to, Arbroath.

“For Patrick Allan-Fraser, we couldn’t ask for a greater expert than Willie Payne, who retired earlier this year as director of Hospitalfield.

“Willie has promised us a different angle on the man who remodelled Hospitalfield and built up the amazing collection of paintings and artefacts it houses.

“This promises to be a fascinating talk.”

There are still places available for the event in the Jazz Room at Hospitalfield House which begins at 7.30 p.m. on Friday.

Tickets are £3, or £2.50 for Friends of Hospitalfield, booking is recommended, call 07825872370 or email friends@hospitalfield.org.uk.