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Friday, 8 March 2013

St Oran's Cross from Iona put back together in Selkirk

Work is being done to reassemble the cross before it is returned to Iona

One of the world's first Celtic High Crosses from the 8th Century is being reassembled in Selkirk in order to be returned to Iona.
St Oran's Cross will be back in place for the celebration of the 1450th anniversary of the arrival of St Columba on the island.
The cross was in five pieces and originally weighed more than one tonne.
It will be put back together inside a special steel structure designed by Borders-based mount-maker Richard West.
St Columba and his followers arrived from Ireland and established a monastery on Iona in 563.

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