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Sit and enjoy Wick Bay thanks to Community Payback team


By David G Scott

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A popular bench at a panoramic Wick viewpoint has been given a new lease of life thanks to offenders sentenced at Wick Sheriff Court.

The memorial bench at the Braehead viewpoint in front of Pulteney House was in a bad state of repair prior to being given a full makeover by the Wick Community Payback Team and was set back up in position on Wednesday.

The view over scenic Wick Bay from the bench on the South Head.
The view over scenic Wick Bay from the bench on the South Head.

The bench, which was put there several years ago in memory of Sandra Briggs (nee MacLeod) who passed away in 2012, is a popular resting place for dog walkers and others who can sit and admire the views across Wick Harbour. It was badly affected by rot caused through age and weather conditions due to the exposed position.

Community Payback officer for Caithness Steve MacDonald said: "We have been on a greatly reduced capability as a result of Covid-19 however we can still ensure that quality work of benefit to the community can continue.

The bench was put there several years ago in memory of Sandra Briggs nee MacLeod.
The bench was put there several years ago in memory of Sandra Briggs nee MacLeod.

"The work was carried out by individuals sentenced at Wick Sheriff Court to pay back the community for the offences they have been convicted of. This bench is just one example of how this can be done and great pride is taken by the clients who undertake the work in the knowledge that the community will be a better place as a result’.

The bench by the Bremner Memorial was renovated courtesy of Community Payback.
The bench by the Bremner Memorial was renovated courtesy of Community Payback.

As the team were positioning it they received many positive comments from locals passing by.

If anyone would like further information on Community Payback, Steve MacDonald can be contacted on 01349 781300.


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