THE Forfar-Kirriemuir area is gearing up for a Royal visit this Friday.

Princess Anne will be attending the official opening of Isla Primary School, Lintrathen, by Kirriemuir, at 11 am, before travelling to Forfar for a reception to mark the 90th anniversary of the Forfar branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland.

The Princess Royal will go on to attend the opening of a respite centre at Carlogie House, Carnoustie, in her capacity as president of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, and the opening of the refurbished Signal Tower Museum in the 200th anniversary year of the Bell Rock Lighthouse.

Isla Primary School opened at the beginning of the current session, bringing together pupils from Glensla, Kilry and Lintrathen primaries on one site close to Peel Farm.

As it prepares to mark its 90th anniversary year, the Forfar branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland can lay claim to being the oldest in Scotland and, as such, the world!

“It’s a landmark occasion for us and we are looking forward to welcoming Princess Anne to our premises in Academy Street, Forfar,” explained branch chairman Charlie Brown.

“We have invited guests from a cross-section of the community, including local dignitaries, representatives of the church and police, together with representatives from our own Legion membership, and others from area and national level.”

Pipe Major Ronnie Mackay has written a new pipe march, “The Royal British Legion Scotland Forfar Branch’s 90th Anniversary Welcome to Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal”, which will be played at the reception, with a copy presented to Princess Anne.