HRH Princess Anne visits Tain

HRH Princess Anne visits Tain

- 8/1/2017

On Thursday 21 July Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited Tain and was met by Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty.

The programme commenced with the re-opening of the Alexander Bridge, moved on to Glass Storm, then the Medical Centre, the Citizens Advice Bureau, CAST (Christian Action Support Team) and finally Metalworks (UK).

Photographs have kindly been provided by the Press and Journal.

Alexander Bridge

The B listed suspension footbridge was built in 1902 of metal and timber and is an important, well used bridge which provides a crossing of the River Tain at the junction of three popular footpaths, providing walkers access to the foreshore and area east of the town.

The bridge was closed in 2011 due to severe corrosion and the number of walkers in the area visibly declined. Strengthening work carried out allowed it to re-opened on a medium term basis but to secure its future a full renovation was required.

Depute Leader of The Highland Council Alistair Rhind speaking on behalf of his fellow Tain and Easter Ross Councillors said: “The bridge is a real Tain landmark so we are delighted that it has been restored and now can enjoy a new lease of life. Having HRH the Princess Royal do the honours made it extra special."

After opening the bridge Princess Anne had the chance to view an exhibition showing images of the original structure and photos of the various stages of the refurbishment and chatted with the team who carried out the work.

She then met and spent time while at the park with representatives from Tain Museum, Tain Task Force and Tain Community Council before speaking to young people from the Youth Café and members from the local Brownies, Rainbows and Explorer Scout groups.

Glass Storm

Next stop was a visit to the Glass Storm factory where Company Directors Brodie Nairn and Nicky Burns gave an escorted tour which included the chance to watch glass being blown and meet staff in the workshop carrying out engraving s. HRH then viewed the display in the studio gallery before unveiled a plaque to mark her visit.

Tain Health Centre

Her next visit was to Tain Health Centre where NHS Highland staff gave HRH a full tour of the facilities including the dentistry unit and community unit before moving outdoors to unveil a plaque and plant a shrub watched by a group of local Brownies.


She was then taken to Tain Citizen Advice Bureau where bureau manager Mary Macdonald presented staff and volunteers and spoke about the work undertaken by the team, including a demonstration of how Skype clinics are being developed.


Next stop was to the High Street premises of the Christian Community Action support Team (CCAST) where Chairman Graham Nutt and Co Founder and Project Director Amanda Nutt were there to introduce members of the Board before leading a tour of the premises.

During the tour Princess Anne had the chance to meet and speak to volunteers, including the Food Bank team, and clients and find out more about the work of CCAST in the community. Local Minister and Board Member Marie MacLeod then invited HRH to unveil a plaque.

Metalworks UK

The final visit of the day was to Metalwork UK on the industrial estate where directors Gary Ross, Niall and James Harkiss talked about their work and highlighted some of the interesting projects the company are currently involved with.

Princess Anne showed a keen interest in a 3D computer display before continuing her tour which included a demonstration by workshop staff and examining some of the specialist equipment they use.

The visit to Tain ended in the late afternoon with Lord Lieutenant Janet Bowen and Deputy Lieutenant David Lockett escorting Princess Anne to her car.

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