Wigtown chooses its VC arch

The archway will look onto the County Buildings
The archway will look onto the County Buildings

After a public consultation, the winning design for the Louis McGuffie VC Memorial Gardens Arch in Wigtown has been chosen.

The stunning arch, designed by local artist and sculptor Jack Sloan, will be erected at the entrance to what will become Wigtown’s permanent tribute to their World War One Victoria Cross winning hero, who died in 1918.

The culmination of the memorial project will be in 2018 when the Ministry of Defence will provide a commemorative VC paving stone for under the arch, as part of their commitment to have every WW1 VC recipient remembered.

At Monday evening’s Royal Burgh of Wigtown and District Community Council meeting, community councillor Sandra McDowall told the meeting that some residents of the town had approached her to say they had been unaware of the consultation process and were unhappy about the choices made. She wanted the details of the process involved so she could fully explain to anyone interested how the final decision was arrived at.

Festive season celebrations in the county town are gathering pace. Enquiries are to be made with the local authority about putting a display of lights up in the windows of the County Buildings and the lights that adorn the trees in the gardens have to be checked for gaps and the Christmas tree ordered, said Christmas organiser-in-chief David Moran. The Christmas Kist, run by the Wigtown Festival Company, will go ahead on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November this year, but there was a debate about where to put the band for the community Christmas Carol singing? David commented that inclement weather last year meant that only two carols were sung before everyone ran for cover when the band was situated in the gardens, so, the option to have the band in the County Buildings if it’s wet should be considered. It was also hoped to repeat the practice of having the words of the carols projected on to the side of the County Buildings as this encouraged more people in the street to sing along.

Wigtown Community Council have received a complaint from a local businessman about the amount of rubbish being dumped at the ‘Porty Roadend’ lay-by, near the junction of the A714 and the B7085. The complainer said that there should be trees planted there and the community council will look into possibly purchasing the area.