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Multi-million pound landmark 'Star of Caledonia' could still go ahead

Artists impression Credit: Gretna Landmark Trust

Plans for the multi-million pound project 'Star of Caledonia' could potentially go ahead after suffering a major setback.

Five years ago, funding for the project was dropped by Creative Scotland.

The 40 metre sculpture will mark the border between England and Scotland.

Artist's impression of Star of Caledonia Credit: Gretna Landmark Trust

A new planning application will be presented to the Dumfries and Galloway council to obtain planning permission for three-years, giving Gretna Landmark Trust enough time to secure funding.

The group hope to benefit from the Borderlands Growth Deal.

Gretna Landmark Trust hope the sculpture will attract visitors and investment into the area.

The proposed design would be twice the size of 'Angel of the North' in Newcastle.

The idea of the star was brought by Sri Lankan-British artist Cecil Balmond OBE, to capture the powerful energy, scientific heritage and magnetic pull of Scotland and the Borderlands area.