Unveiling of a mosaic in Cross Keys Close

Some of the children involved with the creation
Some of the children involved with the creation

A SMALL ceremony was be held in Cross Keys Close, Brechin, on Friday, to unveil a large, colourful mosaic, created by Brechin school pupils under the supervision and guidance of Kirriemuir artist, Maureen Crosbie.

The unveiling was carried out by Bob Myles, chairman of Brechin Townscape Heritage Initiative, and attended by Angus Provost Ruth Leslie Melville, school pupils involved in the project, members of the Townscape Heritage Initiative, Angus Council Training Services and Kirkgate developers.

The mosaic, which has taken its inspiration from the history and heritage of Brechin, has been funded through the City of Brechin Townscape Heritage Initiative, by Angus Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The striking mosaic was created by pupils from Maisondieu and Andover Primary Schools.

Their names have been incorporated in the mosaic in addition to the bits and pieces brought in by the pupils such as scrabble squares, broken plates, and toy aeroplanes!

Perhaps the most striking of all, is the clock face of the Townhouse Museum, which was created with glistening shards from a broken mirror.

A hand-out with the key to the 15 symbols is from the Townhouse Museum.

The project has received the co-operation of a number of partners including the High School of Brechin, which provided the venue for the mosaic workshops, Angus Council Training Services, whose New Deal Squad have worked on putting the finishing touches to the mosaic, including its framing, and placement on the wall, the replanting of low growing shrubs to the flower bed in front of the mosaic and the repointing of the stone retaining wall.

Local developers, Kirkgate have given their permission for the mosaic to be attached the wall which is in their ownership.

Chairman of Brechin THI, Bob Myles said: “The THI is pleased to support this project, which enhances the appearance of the Cross Keys Close and has engaged some of our young people with the heritage of Brechin.

“The mosaic will undoubtedly provide a colourful focal point given its proximity to the Church Street car park and will be hopefully be enjoyed by visitors as well as residents of the town.”