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Top scots apprentice stonemasons to carve out victory at Elgin Cathedral this weekend

1 June 2011

Six top apprentice stonemasons from colleges in Scotland will be showcasing their skills at the Scottish Inter College Apprentice Stonemasonry competition at Historic Scotland’s Masonry Training Facility at Elgin Cathedral.

The competition, sponsored by Historic Scotland and supported by Construction Skills will take place over three days, starting on Friday 3rd June. The teams, comprising of two apprentice stonemasons each, have been selected from Telford College in Edinburgh, the City of Glasgow College and Historic Scotland.  The winning team will be announced on Sunday 5th June.

David Mitchell, Historic Scotland’s Director of Conservation Group said:  “This competition is incredibly positive for the traditional skills taught in Scotland. Maintaining Scotland’s traditional building skills is essential in order to preserve Scotland’s built heritage.”

Over the weekend the three teams will be tasked with hewing and building a stone bench using sandstone quarried in Scotland. Three independent judges from the stonemasonry Industry will allocate marks against industry standards on completion of the benches.

The team with the highest allocation of marks, will be announced the winners on Sunday.  They will be presented with a trophy, a masonry tool kit and will also receive a work and study trip to the historic site of Valetta in Malta.

Graeme Ogilvy, Director, ConstructionSkills in Scotland added: ”ConstructionSkills in Scotland is proud to be involved in such a successful competition and we look forward to continuing our work alongside Historic Scotland by supporting apprentice stonemasons as they learn their trade.”

The stone benches will then be placed in a local park or outside space, decided by Moray Council.

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