Festival focuses on county’s culture

Cortachy Castle, near Kirriemuir, one of the county's hidden historical gems.
Cortachy Castle, near Kirriemuir, one of the county's hidden historical gems.

The people, places and customs of Angus will be celebrated at the start of next month when Angus Heritage Week highlights the county’s unique culture.

With a packed programme of special talks, tours and exhibitions, the week, which runs from September 4 to 11, promises to deliver a fun and informative event about Angus past and present.

Helen Oswald, Angus Provost said it offers a “tremendous opportunity” to find out more about the county and its previous residents.

She continued: “The more I discover about the heritage of Angus, the more I realise what a very special county we live in, and Angus Heritage Week is a highly effective way of spreading this message with local people and visitors alike.”

Kirriemuir Festival of Music and Song, which is from September 4-6, is one of the week’s key events. This weekend of traditional music features ceilidhs, competitions for musicians, singers and bands, impromptu gigs, sing-along evenings and street entertainment throughout the town.

And this year the festival has attracted one of Scotland’s best-known contemporary folk bands, The Peatbog Faeries, who will play the headlining concert on Saturday, September 5 in Kirriemuir Town Hall.

Sunday, September 6 will be Steam Sunday at the Caledonian Railway in Brechin, when steam trains will make their way to and from the stations at Brechin and Bridge of Dun.

Several talks are being held during Angus Heritage Week, including two at Kirriemuir’s Gateway to the Glens Museum on September 9. At 1pm that day, local historian David Orr will give a talk about the Castles of Angus, from the famous ones such as Glamis Castle to the historic gems hidden away at Inverquharity and Cortachy.

In the evening, another highly-respected local historian, David Ketts, will discuss The Tay Bridge Disaster and share his thoughts on why the bridge crumbled into the River Tay on December 28, 1879, taking a train and its passengers with it.

A full event programme can be found at www.angusheritage.com or at local leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries, museums.