Park pillar in place at last

Welcoming back the reconstructed stone pillar at the Beveridge Park are, Ian Ferguson (left) chairman of Bev Park Development Group and Cllr Susan Leslie (right) with other group members
Welcoming back the reconstructed stone pillar at the Beveridge Park are, Ian Ferguson (left) chairman of Bev Park Development Group and Cllr Susan Leslie (right) with other group members
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THE missing pillar at Kirkcaldy’s Beveridge Park is finally back in place – almost two years after it was hit by a circus lorry.

The ornate red sandstone pillar, marking the entrance to the east side of the park, has been carefully reconstructed using traditional methods and materials.

And the move has been welcomed by the Beveridge Park Development Group which is involved in helping to improve and promote the popular facility.

The pillar was taken down as it was deemed unsafe to the public after it was damaged by the trailer of a lorry which had been in the park with a circus two summers ago.

In the immediate aftermath the area around it was cordoned off to prevent people using the area, before it was completely taken down.

With time required to settle insurance claims, source the correct stone and then many hours of careful work to sculpt an identical replica, the pillar has been missing for a very long time, prompting concern from local people that it had been forgotten about.

The work was contracted to W. L. Watson & Son of St Andrews who ordered, cut dressed and built the new stone pillar.

Ian Ferguson, chairman of the Beveridge Park Development Group, said, “I am amazed at how the sculptor has been able to produce such an accurate replica of the original gate pillar. It is very comforting to know that there are still craftsmen in existence with these wonderful skills.”

Councillor Susan Leslie added, “I know I will not be the only person who is delighted to see this landmark back the way it was. It is a beautiful piece of work and should stand for many more years.

“I know people will think that this has taken a very long time to do, but because of the insurance claims which had to be gone through and the very specialist nature of the work involved in the stone carving, this could not be rushed.”

Scott Clelland, from Fife Council’s parks department, said: “The Council initiated the restoration of the sandstone pillar almost a year ago. It is very satisfying to finally see this important piece of Kirkcaldy’s heritage in all it’s glory. We are grateful to the stonemasons who worked to produce an outstanding replica of the original pillar.”