Lamps in place after seven-year wait

A LONG-RUNNING saga over part of Montrose’s civic past has come to an end with the return of the town’s mermaid lamps.

Although they were sited originally on the Mid Links, the lamp standards, which feature a mermaid motif taken from the town’s coat of arms, have now taken pride of place on the High Street.

They were removed during Angus Council’s regeneration of the Mid Links area and had been awaiting restoration.

Local councillor Mark Salmond said the standards’ return is a matter of personal satisfaction as he has been pushing for this for seven years.

They have been placed along the centre of the street and will form supports for the Christmas lights and for banners promoting local events.

Mr Salmond said: “These lamps are part of Montrose’s past history and were originally in the Mid Links area.

“Retired councillor Terry Wood and myself started this restoration project some seven years ago. When he retired in 2007 I assured Terry I would see the project through to its completion. It gives me some personal satisfaction that the Mermaid Lamps are now permanently in place and will add an attractive cosmetic addition to the high street. There is also the option that the columns could be used in future for colourful hanging baskets.”

Councillor Salmond added that phase two is to put a “green” twist on the project by having solar powered lamps fitted once funding has been identified.

He said: “The lamps have been installed in their base coat colour as the decision on the final colour will be part of a consultation process with the Montrose public about to be conducted as part of the separate Montrose Town Centre Regeneration Project. I would also like to thank my fellow Montrose councillors for agreeing to my request that this restoration project be paid by Montrose Common Good Fund.”