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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THURSDAY 11 MAY 2017

SALMOND BACKS CAMPAIGN TO SAVE GORDON HIGHLANDERS MUSEUM 

Alex Salmond has voiced support for popular museum's appeal to secure £300,000 of funding over the next three years

Alex Salmond meeting retired Gordon Highlander Maj. Mike Taitt at the White Wood in Huntly. 

Alex Salmond meeting retired Gordon Highlander Maj. Mike Taitt at the White Wood in Huntly. 

SNP candidate for Gordon, Alex Salmond has today supported to the campaign to save one of Aberdeen's most popular attractions, the Gordon Highlanders Museum, which is seeking to raise £300,000 over the next three years to ensure its future. 

The museum, which charts the 200-year history of the regiment, boasting authentic exhibits and interactive displays. It has been open for over 20 years. 

Whilst visitor numbers have risen, profits have plummeted by over 80%. The museum has called for supporters to donate £10 a month with an aim to raise £100,000 a year until 2020.

Last year, Mr Salmond met with Inverurie-local and retired Gordon Highlander, Maj. Mike Taitt at the Deveron Arts White Wood opening in Huntly. The White Wood, a living art installation composed of trees and natural features, was planted to promote ideals of peace. Maj. Tait himself helped in the planting of the original White Wood saplings.  

Speaking in support of the campaign, Mr Salmond said:

"The Gordon Highlanders Museum is a fantastic tribute to the soldiers who served in the regiment, across many campaigns and upon many foreign shores.

"It is important that the history of the Gordon Highlanders is remembered and understood.

"Last year, I met with a local retired Highlander Maj. Mike Taitt at the White Wood in Huntly. It is ex-servicemen like Maj. Taitt, who served in the Highlanders for over 20 years, who we should remember and I fully support the campaign to ensure that the museum can continue to tell their story."

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