A bustling port in Wester Ross will unveil some much-awaited village entrance signs this weekend that are expected to make a big impression on visitors.
The vision for Ullapool’s entry points took several years to shape and includes a two-metre high ‘herring ball’ that reflects the village’s rich maritime heritage.
Hot on the heels of a second World’s Strongest Man title, Invergordon’s Tom Stoltman will make the trip across the county on Saturday to cut the ribbon at the big reveal.
Local group Welcome Ullapool, which promotes the village as a holiday destination on the NC500 route and ferry to Stornoway, said it was delighted Mr Stoltman had agreed to do the honors at Braes.
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It will be led by Ullapool Pipe Band and accompanied by designer Jason Paterson and Welcome Ullapool President Diane Rusling.
Tom and his brother Luke were honored with a special ‘Welcome to Invergordon’ sign bearing their names in their home town to mark their achievements.
The committee will distribute bubbles and non-alcoholic drinks to toast at the 2 p.m. opening.
Ms Rusling said: “This is our latest and largest project to date. Ullapool was founded in 1788 by the British Fisheries Society as a new herring fishing port, known as the ‘silver darlings’ “We thought it would be a warm welcome to anyone approaching the village to be greeted by a sculpture representing the heritage of the village. We have installed a sculpture at the south and north entrances.”
Jason Paterson of JP Fabrication and Design Glasgow worked with Andy Scott who created the amazing Kelpies in Falkirk. His sculpture has about 40 individual fish attached to three waves of metal.
The sculpture is on a one meter high stone structure with the word ‘Ullapool’ in metal letters on the stone. There will be lights shining upward through the fish and over the name of the village. The majority of the money was collected through Welcome Ullapool.
Ms Rusling said: “Jason performed our brief and delivered a beautiful sculpture, we are very proud of it and think it is amazing! It has been a long project delayed by the pandemic but we are very happy to complete and open.”