THERE was an air of excitement and anticipation in one small part of Carnoustie on Thursday when a royal visitor made an unexpected stop at the town’s Carlogie Primary School during their special Scottish Day.
King Robert the Bruce made his appearance courtesy of Dr Richard Irvine and members of Arbroath Abbey Timethemes.
Joining Dr Irvine were Jim Ratcliffe as Abbot Bernard; Betts Ferrier who was Lady Elizabeth of Panbride; and Thom McNeil, who played Sir David Oliphant.
They were the special guests of primary four pupils who have been studying the times of William Wallace and Robert Bruce.
Dr Irvine enthused: “The children were really great. Their knowledge of Scottish history is amazing. We spent the time answering a lot of really insightful questions and the pupils kept us on our toes – well done primary four.”
The children learned about life during the time of King Robert Bruce and some dressed up as novice monks others as peasants and squires, and some as noble ladies.
Dr Irvine went on: “The children got a real kick when we passed around our swords, chain mail and battle axes. No picture in a book can replace the experience of getting your hands on the real thing.
“Some of the class got the opportunity to ‘sign and seal’ a replica of the famous Declaration of Arbroath which was really rather special. Each pupil in turn bowed to King Robert Bruce before Abbot Bernard helped them to write their name on the parchment and attach a wax seal to the bottom, just like the barons of April 1320.”
Arbroath Abbey Timethemes is a registered charity which is available for educational visits to schools. Teachers are requested to contact them by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01241 872969.
The evening of April 6 sees Arbroath Abbey Timethemes stage its ‘Declaration Celebration – Shining the Spotlight on Scotland’ concert and re-enactment in St Andrew’s Church, Arbroath, featuring a host of local artists including Layla Brown, Ewan and Kerr Barrack and Dave Ramsay.
It is followed by a public torchlit procession from the forecourt of the Abbey to Danger Point. Tickets costing £5 are on sale now from the Turnkey Gallery, High Street, and Wilbourn Insurance Services, Millgate, both Arbroath, and on the night.