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Take a pew on handmade benches

WALKERS in upper Annandale will soon be able to rest their weary legs, thanks to Moffat Men’s Shed.

Handmade benches have been put in place at remote locations of the Southern Upland Way and the Annandale Way.

Ranger for the Southern Upland Way Ross Gemmell collected some of the larch wood sleeper structures this week and will place 15 at strategic points between Portpatrick and Moffat.

And five of them will be used on the Annandale Way around Moffat and Beattock.

Ross explained he was keen to support a local initiative and was impressed with the benches.

He added: “Moffat is on the routes and it is nice that these benches have a tie to the community.

“We put forward a design and they made them to fit.

“They are larch so should have a long life, about ten years.

“Hopefully they encourage more walkers out onto the route.”

Moffat Men’s Shed chairman Dick Monaghan was please that the group had been involved in the project, particularly during the latest lockdown.

He said: “It has been great for some of our members in Moffat Men’s Shed to have something to focus on during coronavirus.

“We managed to work safely, with social distancing, over about four weeks.

“We hope walkers on the Annandale Way and the Southern Upland Way enjoy these new benches.”

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