A GRANITE plaque to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the completion of phase one of the Stirling Hill Access Network was officially unveiled last week
The plaque was unveiled by Boddam Estates landowner Lee Gordon and managing director of Breedon Aggregates, Mike Macaulay, during a short ceremony on the Stirling Hill Pathways near Admiralty Cottages on Thursday.
Guests were welcomed by Boddam and District Community Association chairwoman, with speeches from Mr Macaulay and community association member Sam Coull followed by the unveiling.
The community association has now installed 827m of public footpaths across Stirling Hill, including a granite seat and ornamental cairn incorporating a stainless steel view indicator for visitors.
The main entrance to the walk begins at the bottom of Lendrum Terrace where a map board is located with information and a gateway then leads forward.
When the contractor began work in November last year the project was blessed with both good weather and very competitive price for the work which enabled the group to add two more paths going west from the viewpoint at the southern extremity of the paths.
The extra paths were further made possible by the agreement of Boddam Estates, the consultant, and funding bodies.
Commenting on the event, Miss May told the Buchanie: “When we started on the project it was always our hope that the first phase would be completed in June 2012 so we could mark the occasion, dedicating a granite path for the Diamond Jubliee.
“This all depended on receiving funding and we are delighted to have been able to achieve our goal. We are now in the process of planning phase two, which is the Den Dam at Sandfordhill.
“Now that summer is approaching fast we hope that more residents and tourists will visit Stirling Hill,” she added.