A launchpad for the public to discuss celebrations to mark the 700th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath is being staged in November.
The Arbroath 2020 group has been established to develop a programme of celebration to put the anniversary and burgh into the global spotlight. The public will have a chance to contribute at a meeting being staged at Hospitalfield on November 16.
“This is an opportunity for everyone interested in Arbroath’s past, present and future to discuss ideas for the special events that might take place to mark the 700th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath on April 6 1320,” said group chair Norman Atkinson.
Arbroath 2020 is already working closely with organisations including Historic Environment Scotland, Visit Scotland and Angus Council to encourage, develop and organise the anniversary programme.
“The public meeting will provide opportunities to view and discuss the proposed plans for a civic square in front of Arbroath Abbey, including the possibility of moving the Declaration Statue from its current site overlooking the Dundee Road to a spot on this square or perhaps commissioning a new sculpture,” added Mr Atkinson.
“At this stage, the more ideas and suggestions that are under consideration, the better.
“Arbroath 2020 is determined that, as well as developing a first class programme of special events which will highlight the part Arbroath played in the history of Scotland and attract visitors from across the globe, the 2020 celebrations will leave the town with a lasting legacy.”
The Hospitalfield meeting, which gets underway at 7pm, will include a question and answer session with members of Arbroath 2020 and opportunities to discuss and air ideas.