Politicians visit tower project

Local politicians have been finding out about vital conservation work being undertaken on a medieval Deeside tower.

Sunday, 20th April 2014, 9:00 am
Project manager Ian Davidson, MP Sir Robert Smith, MSP Alison McInnes and Peter Macleod, of Laing Traditional Masonry, at Drum Castle.

North East Scotland MSP Alison McInnes and West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine MP Sir Robert Smith visited Drum Castle - now open for the season - to hear how traditional skills will protect the tower for centuries.

They were shown round by the National Trust for Scotland’s project manager Ian Davidson, who outlined the repair project.

The politicians also saw innovative T-shirt designs by Gray’s School of Art fashion and design students currently being exhibited in the library.

Drum’s library, within the Old Tower, has been transformed into a venue to display cutting edge designs showcasing the North-east’s heritage.

The £700,000 project has repaired the structural problems of the tower, one of the oldest of its type in Scotland, and removed and replaced mortar. A hidden chamber was discovered during the work.

Mrs McInnes said: “I was impressed to see how the Trust has created such a modern exhibition space in an old traditional building.

“I was particularly pleased to see the work of students from Gray’s School of Art being given the opportunity to show their work in such iconic surroundings.”