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Kirkwall Harbour Collection Box Spruced Up

Kirkwall Harbour Collection Box Spruced Up
07 June 2018

An unusual Kirkwall landmark has been given a bit of TLC as part of the Council's ongoing work on Kirkwall's harbour front.

The old Second World War mine which is situated across the road from the Kirkwall Hotel, is used as a collection box for donations to the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society.

The money donated through the box is used to help support the dependents of those lost at sea as well as sick, disabled and retired fishermen and mariners in need.

As part of the ongoing flood prevention scheme the mine was removed to be grit-blasted, cleaned and painted by contractors Andrew Sinclair Ltd and local painter Andy Sutherland. The request to carry out the work was made by local man Billy Jolly and his sister Liz Johnston who are responsible for the collection box.

Orkney Islands Council’s Kirkwall Harbour Flood Prevention scheme has seen a minimum 1.1m high uninterrupted barrier built between Ayre Mills and St Catherine’s Place roundabout, to help bolster low lying parts of central Kirkwall against flooding as a result of storm surges.

The project, worth around £1.75m including design costs, is 80% funded by the Scottish Government and is required under the Flood Risk Management Act.