Bell’s mo­saic facelift is com­plete

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The re­stored mo­saic at Cher­ry­bank. Pic: Mal­colm Nash A ne­glected mo­saic in Perth which had faced an un­cer­tain fu­ture has been re­stored to its former glory.

In 2013 the Perthshire Ad­ver­tiser high­lighted the faded ge­nius of the Bell’s whisky piece at Cher­ry­bank ahead of de­vel­op­ment of homes there.

It had suf­fered at the hands of van­dals, and de­vel­oper Per­sim­mon Homes was faced with rein­ing in its plans to make it a cen­tre­piece of the new homes.

But af­ter our sto­ries, the com­pany has now re­stored the mo­saic which takes pride of place in the walks around the site off Glas­gow Road in Perth.

And four years on PA reader Mal­colm Nash, who was among those who voiced his sad­ness over the mo­saic in 2013, ex­pressed his thanks.

He re­vis­ited the site and saw for him­self the restora­tion work, which in­cluded a re­pair on an ex­ten­sive crack in the piece.

He said:“I think we must be grate­ful that the mo­saic has not been lost to the peo­ple of Perth and it’s been put in a not too bad spot for view­ing.

“If I had a guess most peo­ple of Perth would have no idea that it ever ex­isted in the first place.”

The mo­saic, which fea­tures the motto Nunc Et Sem­per - now and al­ways - was for­mally housed in Bell’s head­quar­ters.

It cost £75,000, with artist Sadie McLel­lan re­spon­si­ble for the stun­ning piece.

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