Support for moving statue to prominent position

An image created by Michael Hall of how the statue of St Andrew might look at the Petherham Bridge Roundabout.
An image created by Michael Hall of how the statue of St Andrew might look at the Petherham Bridge Roundabout.

A frequent visitor to St Andrews has backed calls for the statue of Scotland’s patron saint, currently situated in the botanic garden, to be moved to a more prominent site.

Michael Hall, from Galashiels, has even produced his own image of what the statue of St Andrew might look like sited in the centre of the Petherham Bridge Roundabout at the north west entrance to the town.

Mr Hall said: “I first noticed this most striking and historic statue some years ago, half hidden by shrubbery in the car park of the botanic garden.

“My first thought was that such a wonderful sculpture should be seen by everybody entering St Andrews.

“This is a statue meant to be viewed from every angle as it is carved all the way round. It would be wonderful to see the statue located on a raised plinth at the centre of the Petheram Brodge Roundabout where it could be admired by visitors and local people.”

The St Andrews Partnership, which has taken on responsibility for the statue, has looked at positioning it at the entrance to the town on the A91, but last week revealed an alternative site had emerged which would be “highly appropriate”.