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Scaffolding at castle is about to come down

Scaffolding at Lindisfarne Castle. Picture by Jane Coltman
Scaffolding at Lindisfarne Castle. Picture by Jane Coltman

Scaffolding which has cloaked Lindisfarne Castle for many months is finally coming down.

A £1.3million restoration project has been carried out on the iconic landmark, located on Holy Island, with the final works such as back-filling of the drainage trenches and leadwork on the roof completed in recent days.

Steward Nick Lewis, writing in the Island newsletter, said: ‘This will be a long process, so photographers shouldn’t get too excited just yet, but the first thing to do is to get the temporary roof off and the structure that supports it.

‘Visually this will have a major impact as the western part of the building will become visible again, but the biggest part of the job will follow this in early July when the vast north scaffold begins to come down.

‘We think barring any weather delays this should all be down by the middle/end of August and the site clear by the end of August.’