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Ageing Jawbone Arch thrown a lifeline

posted 5 May 2011, 04:46 by David Rintoul   [ updated 5 May 2011, 05:07 ]

A campaign to save one of Edinburgh’s more distinctive landmarks will kick off this Friday, 125 years after it was gifted to the city.

The beginning of the Meadows Jawbone Arch Appeal will mark the anniversary of the 1886 Edinburgh International Exhibition, a lavish Victorian affair aimed to promote art, industry and science in the capital.

While the exhibition’s attractions were subsequently cleared away, a handful of artefacts remained in the park, including the whalebone arch, presented by the Shetland and Fair Isle knitting society, which now stands at the west end of the Meadows on Jawbone Walk.