Wilton Lodge Park hosts an open house evening this month, with members of the public invited to watch two restorers at work.
Karolina Allan and stonemason Andy Bradley from KK Art and Conservation have been quietly working away in the Hawick park, scraping away bits of lichen, cleaning stonework, pointing slabs and preserving bronzeworks as part of the park’s regeneration project.
Work has been completed on the War Memorial in time for the British Royal Legion Scotland Champion of Champions Memorial competition and the pair have now moved onto the various statues and monuments throughout the park, including the Jimmie Guthrie memorial.
The public are invited to the park anytime between 6-8pm on Thursday, September 11, to watch Karolina and Andy at work on the Boer War Memorial at the far end of the green. People can ask questions about conservation and restoration and find out more about the pieces they are working on.
Karolina said: “It was an amazing experience working on the bronze War Memorial. The history comes alive with every bit of cleaning and we are looking forward to working on the Boer War Memorial at the other end of the park.”