Signature legacy lives on in clock tower project

Chargehand Fabricator, Cliff Robertson leaves his mark at the Tolbooth

AN AJE employee who installed a new stairway in a historical building has signed his name as a legacy, just like his counterparts who did the same thing hundreds of years ago.

New steel stairs have been installed in the Forres Tolbooth as part of a project to open up access to the clock tower which will become a new attraction for locals and tourists alike.

When the work began on the project, volunteers who removed the old wooden staircase discovered signatures from tradesmen who had worked in the building over the years.

And those involved in the project thought it was only right that Chargehand Fabricator, Cliff Robertson did the same.

George Alexander, Chairman of the Forres Heritage Trust which looks after the Tolbooth said: “There is an extensive amount of history in the Tolbooth and it seems that

FHT chairman George Alexander on the new steps

every time we start a new project or develop something new, we unearth even more intriguing finds. Inside the clock tower there are dozens of signatures, clearly from people who have worked in that area of the building and it was a fitting tribute for Cliff to do the same. Maybe in another 100 years’ time, his signature will be discovered too.”

Graham Alexander, general manager of AJ Engineering said: “This has been a fascinating project for the team to work on and we are delighted that we have been able to be part of the Tolbooth’s legacy and add our mark for many more years to come.

“AJ Engineering works on a huge variety of projects and it is great to be working on something so local, but also so historically significant for the town.”

The Forres Heritage Trust received £9375 from the Town Centre Regeneration Fund towards this part of the project.

It was also recently granted £20,000 from the Berry Burn Community Fund which will be used to progress the next phase of the project which will involve repairs around the walkway and extensive pointing of the stonework around the clock tower. This work is expected to begin in the Autumn.

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