Perthshire Conservatives express sadness at Crannog fire

Perthshire Conservatives have expressed their sadness at a “devastating” fire at the historic Crannog Centre in Kenmore and have vowed to do all they can to help.

Councillors John Duff and Murray Lyle, along with Murdo Fraser MSP, were reacting to the blaze which ripped through the structure at Loch Tay on Friday night into Saturday morning.

Commenting, Councillor Duff, who represents the Highland ward and is also a Trustee of the Scottish Crannog Centre Trust, said: “This is devastating news. Mike and his team have worked so hard throughout the pandemic and during the periods of lockdown to prepare for the day when the Crannog Centre could welcome visitors again and everything was going so well since it reopened.

“The loss of the Crannog is a massive blow. However, no one was hurt thankfully, and the museum collection is unscathed. I will be doing everything I can to support the Crannog team as we recover from this terrible setback.”

And Mr Fraser, who represents the Mid Scotland and Fife region, added: “This is desperately sad news. The Scottish Crannog Centre plays a vital role in educating various groups about this important part of history.

“I can assure the Crannog Centre and local residents that we will explore anything that can be done to help, including whether the Scottish Government can give any assistance.”

Leader of Perth and Kinross Council, Councillor Murray Lyle, who visited the scene at the Crannog today (Sunday) together with local Conservative Councillor John Duff commented: “I am truly sorry to see the devastation caused to the Crannog by the recent fire. Last month, Perth and Kinross Council provided financial assistance to the Crannog in connection with its plans to move to its new site across the loch at Dalerb.

“Following today’s visit, I have had the chance to listen to the thoughts of the Chair and Director on how the Council can help the Crannog Centre to recover from this blow and will be discussing the opportunities for further assistance with the Council this week.”

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