Selkirk Merchant Company have seen their project of the Town Hall lamp restoration completed in the last week.
David Heard, Master of Selkirk Merchant Company, explained that the original lamp above the Town Hall door was donated by the Merchant Company circa 1890: “We were approached some time ago and asked if we would consider looking in to doing some restoration work on the lamp to coincide with the Market Square been revamped and the Clock Tower being refurbished. The committee decided that yes this was something we would be keen to look at so committee member Stuart Davidson, an architect, was tasked with looking in to what work was required and the cost of the work. The work required was found to be quite major with the base section needing full replacement and new glass required all round as well as the brackets needing strengthened and rewiring being required. On top of this a full repaint was required.”
David went on to say that this did not deter the Company and with help from the Selkirk Common Good Fund the money was put in place to have the lamp fully restored.
The fully restored lamp back in place
Now back on the wall above the Town Hall front door the lamp looks fantastic and our thanks go to Bruce Hastie Electrician, Selkirk; Oliver Engineering, Newtown St Boswells; Wilson Signs, Hawick; Caddon Design, Clovenfords and Bryan Hoggan.
Stuart Davidson and David Heard at the unveiling of the new lamp