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By Fiona Reid
New home for crosses

PERMISSION is being sought to remove two medieval crosses from a church near Newton Stewart.

Dumfries and Galloway Council want to relocate them from Minigaff Parish Church to Stranraer Museum due to the forthcoming church sale.

The freestanding crosses used to be in the churchyard but were moved inside in 1995 to prevent vandalism.

Both are made from whinstone, the first measures 970mm high and 570mm wide, while the second is 1300mm high and 430mm wide.

Councillors will next week be asked to approve the move.

In a report for members, case officer Jamie Mackenzie said: “It is considered reasonable that the stones be relocated from the current location within the church to an alternative location within the community. This would ensure that the stones can continue to be enjoyed by the community following the sale of the church.

“The removal of the two stones are not considered to have an adverse impact on the character of the Category B listed building.”

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