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POLL RESULT: Inverness Angling Club’s Labrador sculpture is top dog in poll of Courier readers asking which of it or Highland Council’s Gathering Place walkway was their favourite Ness river artwork.


By Alasdair Fraser

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Inverness Angling Club standing with their new dog in front of The Gathering Place. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inverness Angling Club standing with their new dog in front of The Gathering Place. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Courier readers have voted a Labrador sculpture installed by Inverness fishermen as a better artwork than the controversial Gathering Place near Ness Islands.

Almost three-quarters of respondents favoured the chainsawed larch statue over the curved, concrete walkway built as part of a £790,000-plus My Ness project with public cash.

Inverness Angling Club cemented in the doggie near their fishing hut and Gathering Place as “the nicest possible protest” against a development they insist has blighted a local beauty spot.

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The fishermen and the Courier have also teamed up to offer members of the public the chance to name the Labrador sculpture, with entry now closed. The best six suggestions will be put to a public poll.

We asked: Is the Gathering Place curved walkway or the Labrador sculpture the better riverside art?

Gathering Place 27%

Labrador sculpture 73%


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