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NEARLY £50,000 has been awarded to Dunbar Harbour Trust (DHT), as part of a project to carry out repairs to the town’s Cromwell Harbour.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) announced more than £650,000 funding to help with five historic sites across the country earlier this month, including the 16th-century harbour.

DHT is responsible for Cromwell Harbour, as well as the 19th-century Victoria Harbour and Broadhaven Harbour.

Alasdair Swan, DHT chairman, explained that the £47,840 would be used to carry out repairs to the structure of the harbour, allowing its continued use as a working and leisure anchorage.

Mr Swan said: “All these harbours require regular and expensive maintenance to keep the North Sea at bay.

“The area most in need of repair today is the historic sea wall that protects the Cromwell Harbour, which has severe voids that need to be filled.

“This harbour is the safe haven for our fishing fleet in bad weather.

“Historic Environment Scotland’s grant will enable much of this necessary work to be done this year.

“Robin Hamilton is the trust director who oversees all of these wall repairs.”

Cromwell Harbour is named for its association with Oliver Cromwell, who funded repairs to the harbour in the 17th century and used it to supply his armies before the second battle of Dunbar.

The harbour flourished in the height of the herring fisheries during the 17th-19th centuries.

Martin Fairley, head of grants at Historic Environment Scotland, Scotland’s new public body for the heritage sector, said: “This scheme is designed to support and highlight Scotland’s diverse historic environment and the contribution it makes to communities up and down the country.”

“We are pleased to be supporting a wide range of projects, and working together with councils, community groups and volunteers, among others, to champion Scotland’s historic buildings – be that through helping to bring them back into use in the case of Kirkcudbright Town Hall or helping to enhance existing tourist attractions like Pollok House in Glasgow,” he continued The money is awarded as part of the organisation’s Building Repair Grants scheme, which supports repair work to buildings of architectural or historic interest.

Priority was given to applicants who demonstrated that investment in their project would result in community benefit.

SOURCE: East Lothian Courier

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