Kirkcudbright Lockdown Stone Snake Slithers To It’s New Permanent Home

Dr Locke of Kirkcudbright Health Centre officially opened the newly redesigned Atkinson Place in Kirkcudbright on Saturday unveiling the Kirkcudbright Lockdown stone snake.

The incredible Kirkcudbright Stones Group have worked so hard over the last six months gathering all the painted stones that adorned the wall at Kirkcudbright Parish Church throughout the COVID pandemic. The stones started to be placed on the church wall by people during the first Lockdown in 2020.

The group beautifully and creatively redesigned the tree lined seated area with the attractive stone snake, new gravel, benches and landscaping.

Andree Paterson, project manager said, ‘It was so exciting to see it all finally come together. It was such a great community project because so many people of all ages got involved and enjoyed the painting stones over the last year or so. The finished snake really has become quite a local celebrity!’
Councillor Pauline Drysdale who attended the opening enjoyed the collaboration of so many groups and she added, ‘It was a wonderful culmination of so many local people coming together thanks to the creative vision of Andree Paterson and Margaret McKinny. Atkinson Place is totally transformed and locals and visitors alike can now enjoy the outdoor seating area and the stone snake for many years to come, hence leaving a positive legacy of Covid. We cannot thank the local community and businesses who got involved enough. We would encourage you to visit Atkinson Place next to The Johnston Building (Old Primary School).’


The Kirkcudbright Stones group would like to thank Irving Broll Builders, David Grant Engraving, Deeside DIY, Tommy Shields Builders, under 12 football team, Jim Ross & team for the amazing gardening, D&G Council, Douglas Swan, Les McDonald, S Jamieson Builder, Tom McLachlan Decorators, Raymond Patterson, Lily Knowles, Tesco Kirkcudbright, Supersave, Tarff Valley, TAS Building Supplies, Wilco CD, Barbara Short, Kacee Knox piper, Wendy at Scrantastic and Yvonne Robinson for the amazing cake.

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