the group who gathered for the bench unveiling

What started as a daft thought some months ago as one of the members of Stonehaven Rotary Club walked along the new boardwalk has resulted in the Club commissioning Stonehaven’s own Banksy to design and construct a bespoke stainless-steel bench and table for the Town’s new boardwalk where it has now been installed.

The “unveiling” was done on Monday 7th June by Neil McIntosh, the longest serving member of the club. Others who attended were members of Stonehaven Rotary Club who had been part of the project team, members of Men’s Shed, the current Rotary Club President and incoming President and Stonehaven Councillors Wendy Agnew and Sarah Dickinson…the number attending was restricted in order to conform with Covid Level 1 guidelines.

Neil McIntosh reveals the new ‘Banksy’ bench

The prime location is near the Backies Carpark and next to the lighthouse sculpture where there are no benches and this was agreed with Aberdeenshire Council and the Water Board. Ideas for the design were discussed with Jim Malcolm who developed them into the finished product, and incorporates a sea theme, and therefore the same thread as his other sculptures. Both the bench and table include features such as an octopus, dolphin, crabs and fish

The installation was carried out by members of the Stonehaven Rotary Club, who were ably supported by our local Men’s Shed.

The bench and table are a gift from Stonehaven Rotary Club to the town to enhance the newly constructed boardwalk and celebrate the achievements of Rotary, with a plaque on the table dedicating the installation to ‘past, present and future Rotarians’.

On the plaque there is also an invitation to everyone to “rest a moment and enjoy the view”, as we feel sure this gift will be very well received and appreciated by the many townspeople and visitors who enjoy a walk along our beautiful coastline.

We hope you do and that you will agree that what started as a “daft thought” turned out to be not so daft after all!

Feature photograph at top of article: from left, Bill Allan, Jim Bicker, Paul Tosh (Men’s Shed) Helen Smith, Neil McIntosh, David Ross, Debbie Thomson, Jennifer Macdonald, Billy Hunter. Seated: Councillors Sarah Dickinson and Wendy Agnew.