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Welders tree is in the frame for Dingwall

By Scott Maclennan

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NECESSITY proved to be the mother of invention when a cash-strapped community council found out its usual supply of Christmas trees was unavailable this year.

Casting around for alternatives Dingwall Community Council hit upon the idea of arranging for a metal Christmas tree-shaped frame to be made.

The project was the brainchild of George Murray who believed it would provide a tree for many years to come.

Chairman Jack Shepherd used contacts in the oil and gas industry to call on Nigg Skills Academy, who could use the construction to train young welders.

Now the public can get the first glimpse of the tree that is to take pride of place next to the Highland Council offices on the corner of Burn Place and Newton Road.

Mr Shepherd said: “In previous years David Lockett had helped us out very generously with a tree but this year he made us aware that he did not have any that were suitable. We saw the requirement for something more sustainable... and it has come to a splendid conclusion.”

Mr Murray added: “It may just be a metal frame now but when we are finished it will look fantastic.”

Nigg Skills Academy is a “not for profit” company and entirely separate from Global companies. Academy chairman, Alastair Kennedy, said: “This was an unusual request, but we were delighted to assist.”

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