Kirriemuir Regeneration Group

Kirriemuir Regeneration Group are a Community group who took over the management of Kirriemuir Camera Obscura as a visitor attraction in 2015 when it was threatened with closure due to financial constraints on Angus Council.

Community volunteers took possession of the keys to the 85-year-old building on The Hill, just two months after it emerged the shutters were set to remain permanently down at the rare attraction.

The closure threat came after Angus Council’s withdrawal of five-figure funding to the National Trust for Scotland to run the tourist draw.

Kirriemuir Regeneration Group was quickly formed in the wake of the news and has worked swiftly to establish a service level agreement with the local authority to keep the attraction open.

The volunteers have established a cafe and mini-museum in the cricket pavilion to enhance the experience for visitors who climb into the roofspace of the building to take in the camera obscura panorama.

A group spokesperson said: “When we found out that it was closing we basically thought it was important that the community should do something to keep it open.

“Since launching our Facebook group we have had support from all over the world. Our local councillors have been fantastic in the support they have given us to get to this stage.

“The hard work to get the pavilion open has been completed and we continue to strive to maintain and develop the attraction.”

Kirrie councillor Jeanette Gaul said: “This is a great example for other groups to follow.”

Fellow councillor Ronnie Proctor added: “This project is cooperation from the ground up and it is really great to see it happening.”