Friday, 8 March 2013

One small stanchion for man, One large stanchion for Cardigan!

Today was THE day.

After 38 years of waiting, the first of the 3 stanchions/buttresses that have apparently been holding Cardigan Castle together were removed this lunchtime in an event supported by the Welsh media and hundreds of local residents that lined Cardigan Bridge and Prince Charles Quay.

As this BBC Wales article and clip of the moment itself shows, it was a wonderfully epic moment for an event a long time in the making.

Today, I shed the chains of office and my role in local government and was once more that young child that would cross Cardigan Bridge back in the late 1980s/early 1990s and look up in awe at that imposing, secretive, impenetrable Castle with those hideous, ghastly looking stanchions, apparently propping it all up.

This lunchtime, that boy with a love of history saw the first dismantling of those 38 year old monstrosities!

It has been a fabulous day for Cardigan and in a matter of just a few weeks, all 3 will be gone and consigned to the history of our minds.

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