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Issued: 10 August 2012

Angus Heritage Week

Angus Heritage Week launch

An exciting new Angus festival will celebrate the county’s history, traditions, architecture, wildlife, culture and natural surroundings.

Angus Heritage Week from 7-14 September, features a varied range of special events for all ages and interests.

The programme was launched recently by Angus Provost Helen Oswald who said: “Angus Heritage Week will provide us all with so many opportunities to get to know the fascinating people and places of our county, past and present.”

The programme launch was held at Lera Mill in Glamis, one of the many places where expert-led guided walking tours will be taking place during Angus Heritage Week.

“Reading through the programme, I’m very proud to see how much there is to see and do during Angus Heritage Week,” continued Provost Oswald.

“This is a wonderful way to highlight the unique built, cultural and natural heritage of Angus.”

Angus Heritage Week incorporates the annual Angus Doors Open event, when free access is provided to a number of notable buildings across Angus.

This year’s Doors Open Days on 8-9 September will include chances to visit a host of highly-significant Angus buildings, whether they play an important part in daily life, such as Forfar Fire Station; they’re an architectural delight, such as Hospitalfield House; or have been restored to their former glory such as the historic Merchant’s House in Brechin.

Some of the buildings are rarely open to the public, including the Airlie Monument, where, on September 9, a limited number of visitors will be permitted to climb to the top and, weather-permitting, enjoy fabulous views across Angus, Aberdeenshire, Fife and Perthshire.

Exhibitions by artists and photographers, genealogy workshops, the chance to see a replica Pictish throne, guided walks around the towns and glens of Angus (and a couple of kirkyards), Highland dancing and pre-school storytelling will be on offer.

There will also be a chance to see the largest working waterwheel in Angus – Lera Mill - in action.

Local historian David G Orr, who, on 12, 13 and 14 September will be leading tours of Glamis village, which will end with a visit to Lera Mill, said: “Lera Mill’s 18-feet diameter waterwheel was originally used to power the estate sawmill but similar waterwheels powered the nearby spinning and corn mills. Lera Mill has been beautifully restored and now provides enough electricity for up to 60 homes. It’s wonderful that it’s once again providing power to the village of Glamis.”

After her preview tour of Lera Mill, Provost Oswald revealed that she’s hoping to attend several of the Angus Heritage Week events.

“The comprehensive selection of events taking place during this week-long festival will certainly encourage local people and visitors to explore our fabulous county,” she commented.

The Angus Heritage Week Event Programme is available from leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries and tourist attractions across Angus, Dundee, Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and Fife. To find out more about Angus Heritage Week, visit angusheritage, ‘like’ the Angus Heritage Facebook page or follow on Twitter.

Angus Heritage is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the Lowlands and Uplands Scotland Programme 2007-2013 as part of the Rural Tourism Business Support project- a partnership of organisations operating within the East of Scotland seeking to improve the region’s tourism product through a focus on key sectors.

Partners have identified four key niche markets for stimulating local and regional tourism and which will benefit from collaborative business support and investment. The four key niche tourism markets are: Food & Drink; Golf; Outdoor; Ancestral.