A Donside tour guide has been thanked by the National Trust for fifty years service at Cragievar Castle.
Evelyn Young’s five decades coincides with the 50th anniversary of the castle being transferred to the ownership of the National Trust for Scotland.
She began working at the 17th century site in her teens, having already been a friend of the previous owners, the Forbes-Sempill family, and has continued to guide the thousands of visitors who arrive each year.
Evelyn said: “The years have flown past. This is such a beautiful place and as a child it was my own fairytale castle – my playground. I’ve experienced so much fun and laughter – it’s such a great place to work.”
Trust Chief Executive Kate Mavor, unveiled a wooden bench in Evelyn’s honour, placed in the spot where she has had her lunch for the past fifty years. As a Doric speaker its plaque includes a saying in the dialect, ‘It’s a steady drap that wears the steen’ – meaning a steady drip that wears away the stone.
After handing over flowers Kate spoke of her pride in Evelyn and the other staff and volunteers who serve the Trust.
Kate said: “We survive on the efforts of our dedicated staff who turn out at properties across the country... they are the life blood of the Trust,”