St Andrew to return to the heart of the community

The Statue of Saint Andrew (Photo by Walter Neilson)
The Statue of Saint Andrew (Photo by Walter Neilson)
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St Andrew could soon be welcoming visitors to the town that bears his name.

The St Andrews Partnership has taken on board the job of moving the statue of St Andrew from its current home, in the Botanic Gardens, to a more prominent position in the town. The Partnership will also assume responsibility for the statue’s repair and maintenance.

Partnership manager Patrick Laughlin said this week that initial plans had been to position the statue at the entrance to the town on the A91 but an alternative site had emerged which would be “highly appropriate”.

Without revealing the second option, Mr Laughlin said: “It is our hope that by spring St Andrew will once again be on display for all to see.”

The statue was created by Scottish sculptor Alexander Handyside Ritchie in about 1850 and is a copy of one which stands under the cupola of St Peter’s in Rome. It was originally commissioned by an insurance company for their Edinburgh office, but came to St Andrews when the building was demolished in the 1960s.