A tourist guide to Kirrie - and a history book of the future!

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With the holiday season and days out upon us once again, the latest edition of ‘A Guide to Kirriemuir and District’ is sure to be a hit with visitors and locals alike.

Author Sandra Affleck has researched carefully to ensure that all the information provided about the town’s features, old and new, is bang up to date.

Colour photographs, taken mostly by Michael Visocchi, make this publication also a superb visual record of Kirriemuir as it is today.

So in a very real sense, this tourist guide is also a history book!

Sandra said: “It was the return to Kirrie last year of the silver casket in which the Freedom of Kirriemuir scroll was presented to Sir J.M. Barrie in 1930 which triggered me into looking again at the Guide Book as I had written it originally for James Norrie, printers, in 1981.

“The then curator of Barrie’s Birthplace, the late Olga Bennell, had written an amazing summary of Barrie’s life and work as part of that book.

“As it alone had not been in the public domain for all these years, I felt it was high time it was aired again.

“I was then astonished to discover how much had changed around town since then, and decided to produce an updated version for today’s residents and visitors.”

In this IT age, the beauty of this edition is that it will remain available digitally for updating through its printers, Robertsons of Forfar, for as long as the technology itself lasts.

Sandra concluded: “It may be another 30 years before anyone else chooses to record how the town is, so hopefully the whole publication will prove quite historic.”

‘A Guide to Kirriemuir & District’ is on sale at Angus Council Libraries and Museums, and is priced at £11.99.