Gunners from the Royal Artillery refurbish Dunbar landmark

Community Councillor Stephen Bunyan, himself a retired officer of Royal Artillery, along with Regimental Sergeant Major (WO1) Mark Paterson inspect the refurbished 25-Pound Gun following the official handover to the people of Dunbar.
Community Councillor Stephen Bunyan, himself a retired officer of Royal Artillery, along with Regimental Sergeant Major (WO1) Mark Paterson inspect the refurbished 25-Pound Gun following the official handover to the people of Dunbar.

KIND-HEARTED Gunners from 105th Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers) have completely refurbished the 25-Pounder Gun that marks the site where earlier gun batteries used to be in Dunbar.

The Regiment has now replaced the Gun in its original location near the leisure pool on the sea front during a handover ceremony on Thursday, October 11.

The joint project by the Regiment, MTS Recovery Repair (Stirling), Dunbar Community Council and East Lothian Council came about when Regimental Sergeant Major (WO1) Mark Paterson was approached by a member of the Royal Artillery Association who mentioned the gun was in poor condition after years of wear and tear.

RSM Paterson explained: “I attended an Association meeting when I first came in to post, and it was brought to my attention there was a Gun on public display near Dunbar that was in poor condition, and could I do anything about it.

“After inspecting the Gun which was in a sorry state, I approached the chairman of the local Community Council, Stephen Bunyan who arranged with East Lothian Council to give permission for the Regiment to move the Gun to start the refurbishment.

“The Guns are the Colours of the Royal Artillery, and the Colours should never be in bad order.”

The project started with the Gun being transported to MTS Recovery and Repair (Stirling) the company that refurbishes the Regiment’s Saluting Guns.

One of the employees, Billy Rutherford, was keen to assist as he used to paint 25 Pounders years ago when they were still in service.

He spoke to his management and they agreed to let the refurbishment take place on the premises, using their tools and materials.

RSM Paterson along with volunteers Staff Sergeant Adrian Hales, and Gunner James Cooksey from the Regiment then spent a day stripping the Gun back to the metal.

Mr Rutherford once again stepped in and offered to paint the Gun in his own time.

RSM Paterson added: “The project was taken on for three reasons: Gunners of yesteryear have more than likely died fighting on this Gun during past conflicts, so it is a mark of respect to those men.

“105 Regiment is known as the ‘Scottish Gunners’ and we are committed to look after our heritage as best we can.

“And finally, it is for the people of Dunbar who support the military, veterans, and their families through the community covenant.”

The town has a long association with the Artillery, and the Gun will sit near the site that used to be an Army barracks, and within these barracks there were Artillery units.

Stephen Bunyan, chairman of Dunbar Community Council said: “The Community of Dunbar was delighted that the offer to refurbish the gun was made and that the restoration is now complete.

“The community council is grateful to this group of enthusiasts who have given so generously of their time and effort to achieve this wonderful result that the gun which we were proud to have installed on September 4, 2005, is back with a new lease of life.”