Wrong bus shelter causes problems for VC hero’s memorial

Plans to place a memorial paving stone to a Victoria Cross hero from Wigtown have been disrupted by a bus shelter.

The newly installed shelter in Wigtown at the Mercat Cross is the wrong design and will have to be replaced, the town’s community council heard at their meeting on Monday night. The bus shelter requested was to reflect the status of the historic county town, not the modern design which arrived.

CC convenor Matt Kitson had received a letter from the council informing the members that the shelter would be removed but, he stated, the design they had requested, with the Royal Burgh of Wigtown in gold lettering, was not available anymore.

Member Nick Walker added that the memorial to World War One soldier Louis McGuffie, expected to be laid at the gates to the gardens opposite the Mercat Cross, was now compromised by the shelter, and an alternative site, at the County Buildings end gates should be considered.