Light touch for cathe­dral

The Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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