By Royal appointment! Princess to visit Forfar

FORFAR is looking ahead to a right Royal day next month.

Details have emerged that The Princess Royal is to carry out a number of engagements in both Kirriemuir and Forfar.

During a packed tour, Princess Anne will stop off locally on Tuesday, October 16.

Her Royal Highness will, as president of Victim Support Scotland, attend a reception in the Canmore Room in Forfar, hosted by Angus Council, to mark Victim Support Angus’ 20th anniversary.

Her day continues with a trip to Kirriemuir where she will visit J & D Wilkie Ltd’s Marywell Works.

Commenting on next month’s visit a spokesperson for Angus Council said: “Angus Council is delighted to be hosting a civic reception for Victim Support Angus 20th anniversary and very pleased this will be attended by The Princess Royal, president of Victim Support Scotland.”

A spokesman for Victim Support Scotland said: “We are delighted that we will be able to welcome our President HRH The Princess Royal to the celebration in Forfar of the 20th anniversary of VS Angus. We are grateful to Angus Council for hosting the event in recognition of the vital work that is done for local people by Victim Support Scotland’s staff and volunteers.”

The event will be attended by Robert H. Leitch, Chair of VSS, local area chair, Mr Alan Davie, who has recently relinquished office as vice-chair of the VSS Executive Board, staff members from the Arbroath office, including Sarah Crombie, the Business Delivery Manager for Grampian and Tayside, and Rod Bowman, the Service Delivery Officer in Angus. There will also be 10 volunteers who work with the local Victims service and the Witness Service in local courts.

Victim Support Scotland has been operating since 1985. The Angus branch started operating in Arbroath in 1992. The Angus victim service dealt with 3,500 crime victims referred to the charity for help and support in the year 2011/2012.

The witness service operates in both Arbroath and Forfar Sheriff Courts where it gave help and support to 300 victims in 2011/12 in Arbroath and 150 in Forfar. In addition to those directly referred to the service are many hundreds more across the two courts who are not directly referred to the Witness Service, but who are helped when they arrive at court itself.

VS Angus has recently moved office to 82 High Street, Arbroath, where it is now located closer to the court and is thus more convenient for witnesses attending it.

As well as the civic reception, the service is planning to hold its own dinner for staff and volunteers in October to mark the anniversary.

This will be the area’s third Royal visit this year. HRH Prince Charles, The Duke of Rothesay, received a right Royal welcome in April when, as Royal Honorary Colonel, he took the Royal Salute at the Cross at the 3 SCOTS Homecoming Parade.

On that occasion the Duke delighted the Forfar crowds with an impromptu walkabout down Castle Street as he took the time to pop in to David Irons where he met the shop’s owner, the Earl of Strathmore.

The Duke also went on to a reception at the Royal British Legion Scotland before presenting soldiers from The Queen’s Own Yeomanry with operational medals. In May HRH the Duchess of Gloucester attended the Glamis Gathering at Glamis Castle which brought the whole of Angus together to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.