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Warm Welcome for Black Watch Museum Lottery Funding

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The Scottish National Party’s Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire, and Mr Pete Wishart MP, Member of Parliament for Perth & North Perthshire, have given a warm welcome to news that the Black Watch Museum in Perth has been awarded £778,000 from the Big Lottery Fund towards a major redevelopment of Balhousie Castle.

Ms Cunningham said

“I am very pleased by the news.  I have been to Balhousie Castle on a number of occasions to hear about their redevelopment plans and the progress of the fundraising effort.

“This application was a massively important part of the funding package that the folk at the museum were hoping to put together and now that the final piece of the jigsaw is now in place, these exciting proposals can become a reality.

“I know that the money will be put to very good use and that the outcome will be both a fitting tribute to the many men and women who have served in the Black Watch through the years and a wonderful addition to the cultural offering that is available in Perth for locals and visitors alike.”

Mr Wishart added:

“The Black Watch has a long and famous history and the name is inextricably linked with the Fair City of Perth, the heart of their historic recruiting area.

“The museum at Balhousie Castle is home to two and a half centuries of treasures from Scotland’s oldest Highland regiment.  The redevelopment will mean a transformation both in terms of ensuring that the museum can tell the story of the Black Watch in a modern and accessible manner and in the facilities available for visitors.

“I am sure that everyone involved with the Black Watch Museum will now be getting on with appointing contractors and looking forward to seeing all their hard efforts bearing fruit.”

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