Pant Well proposal

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I recently returned on holiday to my old town of Kelso, having lived and worked as a blacksmith and sculptor for 40 years in the burghs, to find there had been a competition for a work of art to be placed in the Square.

Having viewed the entries with their lack of vision or connection to the town, I would like to suggest an alternative.

In the 19th century, a young man called Glass fled the town to evade prosecution for damaging the Pant Well, then situated in the Square. He subsequently became Governor of Tristan da Cunha.

Why can’t the Pant Well be designed and restored, not as grand as Selkirk, but a lovely simple pumphouse in mellow sandstone with an oaken door and an ogee roof in lead, which will age beautifully.

Denys Mitchell

Dunoon