Cannon causes controversy

The location of a cannon on Stonehaven’s High Street has caused controversy recently, after it was moved several metres.

Friday, 2nd January 2015, 7:00 am
The Cannon has been moved to a slightly different location on the corner of the High Street.
The Cannon has been moved to a slightly different location on the corner of the High Street.

The historical artefact - relocated while workmen installed the new Arbuthnott drain - has been a permanent fixture on the High Street for as long as local people can remember and, according to some, used to mark the boundary between the Old and the New Town.

A spokesperson for Aberdeenshire Council confirmed the new location would be permanent, saying that it had only been moved a short distance, and added that an information board was to be fitted next to the new location, to give an insight into the cannon’s significance.

However, since it was moved, several residents of the town have been in contact with this newspaper to question the need for that with some even calling for the council to reinstate the cannon back to its original position.

One such resident was Alan Johnston, whose letter was printed in our December 19 edition.

Mr Johnston commented: “Who said they could move the cannon from its original position? Please put it back.”

His call was repeated by many on social media.

Gail Bennett said: “Get the cannon back out where it was. Numptys! How long will it take for someone to walk into it as it’s not in the original place then the council will get a complaint and have to move it back anyway. Save the hassle and put it back.”

Paul Jamieson added: “I was born and bred in Stoney and the cannon has been in the same spot for 33 years. Seeing it where it is now, and it’s not even been put down to depth it was, has totally thrown the view and meaning that it’s meant to have by putting it in the stupid place it is now.

“Put it back in its original place and put the notice board somewhere else.”

Lindsay Ross agreed: “It must be great to make decisions like this without consideration to historical significance. It’s a small but significant part of history.”

Not everyone was of the same opinion, with some making the point that it was a small price to pay to have the drain installed.

Danielle Still said: “Really? Some people are never happy! It’s still there so who cares? They could have binned it completely so count yourselves lucky! Be thankful they’ve actually put flood defences in place!”