Video commemorates restoration of town’s cross

Campbeltown Cross was fully restored last year. Photograph: Robert Westerman.
Campbeltown Cross was fully restored last year. Photograph: Robert Westerman.

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A special video has been produced to commemorate the restoration of Campbeltown’s iconic 14th-century cross and its surrounds.

The monument, which sits at the bottom of Main Street, underwent a make-over by specialist conservators Eric Waanders and Leire Gardeazabal from Graciela Ainsworth Sculpture Conservation Ltd last year.

The project was led by Catherine Dobbie, a member of Campbeltown Community Council, and James Lafferty, Argyll and Bute Council’s Campbeltown Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme officer, as part of the town centre’s regeneration programme.

The cross, a symbol of Campbeltown’s identity, had deteriorated over a number of years, becoming cracked and covered in lichen and algae. The bronze plaques had been covered in verdigris and the railings were in a poor state.

As a result of the present Covid-19 restrictions, a small ceremony was held to celebrate the restoration, addressed by Angus Martin, Kintyre historian, author and poet. Angus gave a brief history of the eventful life of the cross and unveiled the interpretation board.

Commissioned by Campbeltown Community Council, a five-and-a-half-minute-long video marking the importance of the cross and its renovation has been produced by Robert Westerman and can be viewed on YouTube on the following link:

Catherine said: ‘The community council is extremely grateful to Robert, who has made an excellent job.’