A HOLME Valley accountancy firm has picked up a new assignment at historic Stirling Castle in Scotland.
Bob and Hilary Holsman, who moved from Huddersfield 14 years ago to live and work in Scotland, have secured a contract to provide historical interpretation at the castle.
That means they will provide guides in period costume to take visitors around the castle and explain the history of the building and the kings and queens who lived there in the 16th century.
Now Ashley Barrowclough, of Holmfirth-based Balance, is providing accountancy services, including financial forecasts, annual accounts, payroll services and tax planning to the Holsmans – who formerly ran a glass engraving business at Skelmanthorpe.
The Holsmans moved to Scotland after being attracted to the area during frequent holiday visits.
Bob had an interest in World War Two memorabilia and battle re-enactment – but when he moved to Scotland he diversified into Scottish history.
Over the years, he has built up a detailed knowledge of Scottish history and is now regarded as something of an expert in the subject.
Hilary is an accomplished dressmaker and makes all the period costumes required. Their son John has followed in the family footsteps and is also involved in the business.
For several years, they have been providing historical interpretation and period re-enactment at places like Edinburgh Castle.
Ashley said: “The contract at Stirling Castle is initially for seven years – but there are number of other significant historical sites in Scotland that will be looking for a similar service in the near future and Bob and Hilary are now perfectly placed to pick up additional contracts as they become available.”
Stirling Castle has a long and turbulent history and is associated with great figures from Scotland’s past, such as William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots.
Years of research have been carried out by archaeologists, historians and other scholars to ensure that every detail of the castle’s interiors – from the magnificent four-poster beds to the heraldic decorations on the walls and ceilings – are as authentic as possible.