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Issued: 13 December 2004

Montrose Partnership News

AT the recent meeting of the Montrose Partnership thanks were given to all volunteers who took part in the very successful bulb planting morning in October. The bulbs were donated by Grampian Growers and were planted at various sites throughout the town and surrounding area in preparation for spring flowering. The initiative was part of the partnership's Civic Pride Campaign, which aims to encourage improvements in the town for all to enjoy.

Members also heard that work is now well advanced on the 2005 edition of 'Destination Montrose'. The brochure, now in its fourth edition, aims to promote Montrose at home and abroad. It includes information on places to visit, eat and stay, and local events. Anyone interested in taking advertising space in the brochure should contact Casper Ninteman on 01674 671000.

Partnership member the Montrose Heritage Trust has produced a half hour video also called 'Destination Montrose' which features all aspects of life in Montrose - its buildings, businesses and people. The video has been a huge success with two thirds of those produced already sold. The videos are available from Montrose Library, Montrose Museum, Highland Scene and Henry Hogg's priced £7.95.

The recently launched 2005 Montrose calendar has been a huge success, proving popular as a Christmas gift, with only a few copies still remaining from Henry Hoggs at the cost of £4.95. The initiative has received the backing of many local businesses and it is hoped that the success of this first edition can be built on for future years.

The partnership is exploring the possibility of running a garden competition for local residents. Planning is still at the early stages so the partnership is keen to get views on this proposal and would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in getting involved in organising the event.

The partnership recorded its support of the early discussions which have taken place regarding 'Bamse' the Norwegian St Bernard sea dog, a well know character in Montrose during the World War II. Discussions include plans for the production of a bronze statue of 'Bamse', the transfer of his grave currently at GlaxoSmithKline factory to Wharf Street and the production of a book about the life of the famous dog.

The Montrose Partnership, established in 2002, aims to encourage representatives of the public, private and community sector to act together to develop the economic potential of Montrose to address the needs of local people and visitors alike. Partnership members are: - Montrose Airstation Heritage Centre, Montrose Rotary, Montrose Business and Retailers Association, Montrose Golf Links Ltd, Angus Council, Merpro Leisure, Montrose Society, Montrose Heritage Trust, Scottish Wildlife Trust and Montrose, Ferryden & Craig and Hillside, Dun & Logie Pert community councils.

Anyone who is interested in finding out more about the partnership can do so by contacting chairman Peter Davies on 01674 674210 or secretary Eileen Jackson on 01307 473786. Information is also available through the Angus Community Planning website at www.angus.org.uk/montrose .