Scottish Conservative interim leader Jackson Carlaw has described Pitlochry Festival Theatre (PFT) as an “iconic” business which is putting Perthshire “on the map.”
Mr Carlaw made his remarks during his recent visit to Highland Perthshire, when he was accompanied by Scottish Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser, who represents the Mid Scotland and Fife region, and Councillor John Duff, who represents the Highland ward for the Scottish Conservatives.
The three politicians visited Pitlochry Festival Theatre and following a tour of the venue and a meeting with Colin Liddell, PFT board chairman and Kris Bryce, executive director of PFT, they then travelled to Aberfeldy where they visited social enterprise The Workshop.
Mr Carlaw said: “It was great to visit both the Pitlochry Festival Theatre and The Workshop in Aberfeldy with Murdo Fraser MSP and Councillor John Duff. The theatre is an iconic business which is firmly putting Perthshire on the map, and it was encouraging to hear about their plans for expansion and developing theatre for the future.
“The Workshop is a hugely impressive social enterprise. It was a pleasure to meet with some of their employees.
“Kudos to Paul Parmenter, who runs The Workshop, for his hard work and dedication and it was especially pleasing to see local businesses supporting their work.”
And Mr Fraser added: “It was a pleasure to welcome Jackson Carlaw to Highland Perthshire and take him to Pitlochry Festival Theatre and The Workshop in Aberfeldy.
“PFT is a huge asset to Perthshire and it was great to hear about the recent pledge of £10 million for capital investment from the Tay Cities Deal which will help secure its future for years to come.
"It was also great to make a return visit to The Workshop which does so much good work with those needing help with employment skills.”