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.