All set for visit of the Princess Royal

HER ROYAL Highness the Princess Royal is making a special visit to Forfar and Kirriemuir next Tuesday during a whistle-stop tour of Angus.

Her busy schedule in the county starts off with a visit to the Mackays factory in Arbroath after which she will travel to Forfar, stopping off at Guthrie Castle to attend Save the Children’s Autumn Fair at Guthrie Castle.

As president of Save the Children, the Princess will meet with members who have organised the annual fair for a number of years, raising thousands of pounds for the charity.

Preparing to welcome their Royal patron to Guthrie Castle, Helen Brunton, Autumn Fair secretary said: “It is 20 years since the Princess visited an event organised by the branch so it will be lovely to welcome her again.

“The Fair has been running for many years and has raised a substantial amount for the charity. Last year alone it raised £11,500. This year it returns to Guthrie Castle on Monday, October 15, from 5.30 to 8.30 p.m. Entry is £7 and includes a glass of wine and nibbles.

“It opens from 9.30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 16, closing at 3.30 p.m. “Throughout the day delicious home baking and coffee is available and lunch from 12 noon onwards.

“There will be a number of fabulous stalls at the fair with a wealth of ideas for Christmas gifts.

“Ten per cent of whatever you spend goes to Save The Children.”

Visitors to the two-day fair can also treat themselves to clothing, jewellery and accessories, plants and bulbs, presents and stocking fillers, homewares and toys and games. As well as the stalls there is fresh tea and coffee with free top ups, home-made cakes, wine and other refreshments available throughout the day.

There will also be delicious home-made lunches on Tuesday with even more tables than last year to cope with demand. Everyone is welcome to attend.

After popping in on the Autumn Fair, the Princess continues her visit when she travels to Forfar to attend a reception hosted by Angus Council in the Canmore Room to mark Victim Support Angus’s 20th anniversary.

As president of the charity, The Princess will meet Robert H. Leitch, chair of Victim Support, local chair Mr Alan Davie, staff members from the Arbroath office and 10 volunteers who work with the Victims Service and the Witness Service in local courts.

After the Forfar visit the Princess will continue on her journey to Kirriemuir where she will visit J. & D. Wilkie’s factory in the town centre.

Managing director Bob Low is looking forward to welcoming the Royal visitor. He commented: “It is not every day you have royalty visiting your place of work!”

To mark the Princess Royal’s visit to the Little Red Town, the Roods Bar will be serving up a special commissioned Roods Royal Ale brewed at the Inveralmond Brewery.

Mine host Jim Glendinning commented: “We are excited to showcase the ale but we do not know if Princess Anne will actually sample the ale.

“The Royal party will be more than welcome to visit us at the Roods Bar!”

After a tour of the Marywell factory, The Princess Royal will then travel to Carnoustie where, as a member of The Royal British Legion Scotland, she will attend a Carnoustie Victoria Cross Rededication Ceremony at Carnoustie War Memorial in Dundee Street.