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Border landmark seeks 1m support

Angel of the North
It is hoped to create a landmark to rival the Angel of the North

A bid is being made for a 1m support package towards a landmark sculpture on the Scotland-England border.

Dumfries and Galloway Council has been asked to set aside the funds for the iconic structure at Gretna.

It is hoped the project could become a flagship for the overall regeneration of the area and rival the Angel of the North in Gateshead.

A total cost of 1.4m has been estimated for the sculpture, which it is hoped could be completed by 2012.

The landmark project is one of 15 schemes currently planned for Gretna, ranging from a youth centre to retail outlets and housing.

They are part of a wide-ranging regeneration strategy to offset the impact of the closure of the Chapelcross nuclear plant at Annan.

The sculpture project is designed to recognise Gretna's role as the "gateway" to Scotland.

Artist interest

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Scottish Enterprise have already provided financial support.

A bid is being made for 320,000 through the European Regional Development Fund and the Scottish Government.

Earlier this year the council disclosed that two internationally acclaimed artists, based in the region, had expressed interest in producing designs for the Gretna landmark.

The Angel of the North, which dominates the skyline at Gateshead, is one of the most viewed art works in the world - seen by more than 33 million people every year.



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