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By Andrew Dixon

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Inverness Town House
Inverness Town House

REFURBISHMENT of Inverness Town House has been delayed until after the Barclays Scottish Open at Castle Stuart next month.

Highland Council announced yesterday £74,000 work would begin on Monday and continue for 12 weeks on the upgrade, which includes the restoration of three stained glass windows.

But the authority performed a U-turn in response pressure from local businesses to start the essential works later.

Scaffolding is now likely to be erected in Castle Wynd on 11th July — a day after the end of the four-day golf tournament — to ensure the civic building is looking at its best when thousands of visitors come to the city.

"We readily accepted the wishes of the business community and have immediately responding by delaying the start to this contract," said David Haas, the council’s Inverness city manager.

Work involves removing the three west-facing windows for transport to a specialist restorer. Repairing and replacing damaged and missing stone work will also be carried out.

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