Wind-battered vane restored on top of Galashiels clock tower

Galashiels Weather vane
Galashiels Weather vane
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REPAIRS to the damaged wind vane on the top of the War Memorial clock tower in Galashiels have been completed, writes Bob Burgess.

The vane was damaged during a gale on the night of December 28 when it was blown over and became lodged on the clock tower roof.

Workers installed a new 3.2 metre stainless steel shaft to support the refurbished vane.

While the scaffolding is in place, Scottish Borders Council is taking the opportunity to clean and re-paint the clock’s two faces.

David Romanis, the property manager with Scottish Borders Council who oversaw the £17,000 project, commented: “This has been a relatively big job and we are very glad that the works are nearing completion.

“Due to the fact that we have invested in a stainless steel shaft for the wind vane this means it is now a more secure and robust anchorage which is unlikely to ever present a problem again.”

Scaffolding will remain in place for two weeks while the clock faces are painted.