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Cromarty Doors Open Day: An outstanding success

27 September 2010

Visitors discuss the conservation work of the East Church, CromartyCromarty was buzzing at the weekend, when many hundreds of people came to the town to visit the buildings open for the Highland Council supported ‘Doors Open Day’. 

More than 300 visitors came along to the East Church to see the the work that has been carried out during the £1.2 million conservation project, largely funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland. Similar numbers  visited the Cromarty Courthouse Museum and Hugh Millers Museum and Cottage, with crowds gathering for the hourly tours of Cromarty House.
All the guides for the day were delighted by the response, and thrilled to see Cromarty so busy with visitors. Caroline Vawdrey, community outreach worker for the East Church project reflected their views when she commented, 
“Doors Open Day is always a thoroughly enjoyable event, a fantastic chance to show off our properties and tell visitors a bit about their history. It is humbling to see just how much people care about the old buildings that are such an important part of Highland history and heritage.”
It wasn’t just the historic properties that benefitted from visitors enjoying a day out in Cromarty, the town’s shops and restaurants enjoyed and increased trade too - with Sutor Creek  serving more than a hundred pizzas by three in the afternoon.
BBC Highland gave the event some pre-open day publicity  and the Cromarty Live website has a short write up on Doors Open Day at the East Church. 
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