Archway to the coast of Fife unveiled in Newburgh

New Archway, constructed by apprentices from Babcock, was  opened by Provost Jim Leishman
New Archway, constructed by apprentices from Babcock, was opened by Provost Jim Leishman

A newly-designed arch marking the beginning of the Fife Coastal Path at Newburgh was unveiled by the Provost of Fife.

The arch, which has been created to mark one entrance to the Fife Coastal Path, complements the existing arch at the Kincardine end of the path which officially opened twelve months ago.

The new feature includes images reflecting the local environment and was designed by Fife Coast and Countryside Trust’s Ranger and professional illustrator, Dallas Seawright.

Developed by Fife Coast and Countryside Trust which manages the Coastal Path on behalf of Fife Council, the project will allow walkers to celebrate their achievements on the path and help mark the beginning or end of their journey.

The arch pillars are made from whinstone which was quarried locally by Breedon Aggregates and the metalwork was carried out by Babcock International.

The joint project by the Fife Coast and Countryside Trust and Babcock International included work by a number of apprentices including Joe Dudley, apprentice pipeworker, Dylan Patrick, apprentice fabricator and Paul Stewart, apprentice fabricator.

Amanda MacFarlane, chief executive, Fife Coast and Countryside Trust told the Herald and Citizen: “We’re delighted to be unveiling the second arch today at the iconic Fife Coastal Path.

“We’ve tried to reflect the local environment into the arch, sourcing local stone and a design that celebrates the Tay.

“The path offers something for everyone, from a challenging 117 mile trek to shorter chunks suitable for families – we hope the new arch will continue to bring visitors and locals to the path to enjoy the outdoors.”

Ian Donnelly, managing director energy and marine services, Babcock International said: “We are extremely proud of our ongoing commitment to the development of the Fife Coastal Path.

“Getting involved with this project underlines our commitment to support the community and gives us an opportunity to showcase the skills and talents of our apprentices.

“Our apprentices have already been involved in fabricating the path’s gateway at Kincardine Bridge, with their contribution to the design and fabrication of the Newburgh Gate allowing us to continue to support this major asset for the people of Fife.

“Our apprentice programme is a critical part of our plan to build a skilled workforce capable of delivering the most complex engineering solutions.

“The skills and experience gathered as part of the Gateway project will be invaluable to our apprentices’ professional and personal development.”

For more information on the Fife Coast and Countryside Trust and the Fife Coastal Path visit the website at www.fifecoastandcountrysidetrust.co.uk