Light touch for cathedral
IT is affectionately known as the “lantern of the north” after being left in ruins by the Reformation of 1560.
Now a group of residents is launching a campaign to illuminate Elgin Cathedral at night to make it easier for people to see.
Plans were shelved two years ago on cost grounds, but now the local community council wants it to be lit up in a similar way to a nearby bridge.
Chairman Alistair Kennedy is encouraging members to resurrect the scheme, adding: “We aren’t looking at something hugely expensive, and we are hopeful we can persuade a business to cover the costs and look after it.
“Because the Landshut bridge is lit up, that can make the building hard to see when it’s dark.
“That area has been improved since the flood works and it looks great. Let’s continue to build on that. Lighting them both up would bring the old and new together.”
The ruin, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, was established in 1224 on land granted by King Alexander II. Historic Environment Scotland said it would consider any proposals.