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Local MSP Graeme Dey is calling on Angus to seize any opportunities possible brought about by Scotland hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The Angus South parliamentarian has warmly welcomed the prospect of the 2014 shooting event being staged in his constituency.

The five days of shooting are to be held at Barry Buddon, the MoD facility located between Carnoustie and Monifieth.

Mr Dey believes the decision to stage the event in Angus will provide, not only a boost to the county’s economy, but a chance to showcase itself as a tourist destination.

He said: “The Games coming to Angus is fantastic news for this area.

“Back in 1986 when Scotland last hosted the Commonwealth Games, Barry Buddon was the location for the full-bore target rifle competition. But other disciplines were staged just outside Edinburgh.

“This time around, Angus gets to host the whole show - which is terrific both in terms of potential economic spin-off and profile.

“Obviously there will be construction-related and other types of contracts to be bid for which local companies hopefully will succeed in winning, in so doing protecting and perhaps enhancing employment in the county.

“And with experience suggesting we could be welcoming in excess of 3000 spectators daily there are clear opportunities for the hospitality sector to cash in on also.

“It’s an exciting opportunity all round for Angus and the Carnoustie area - which has a proven track record when it comes to successfully hosting major events, with the mens and womens Open golf championships having been staged on the nearby links - and I hope everyone comes together to seize it.

“I feel it is particularly important that we take advantage of the influx of visitors to show the world what our area has to offer tourism-wise.

“We have a good story to tell - with Arbroath Abbey, Barrie’s Birthplace and Glamis Castle just some of the attractions on offer in Angus South, and I hope that Angus Council will come together with the various heritage bodies and Commonwealth Games organisers to ensure those people visiting the shooting are encouraged to stay on in the area and sample its delights.

“I have written to Angus Council, Historic Scotland and the National Trust urging them to work together and offered any assistance that I, as the local MSP, can.”