A new bench, created at last year’s Beith Carves, has been unveiled in the town’s community garden.

The bench, funded by Beith United Reform Church, was officially opened on Monday, July 1 by Mrs Joyce Walker, lay preacher. It was unveiled during the garden’s annual assessment from Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Norrie Brown, of Beith Orr Park Neighbourhood Watch, said: “Like the bear already in place at the top of The Strand and the memorial bench for Corey Hamilton and Bethany Morris, these all add to the attraction of Beith for years to come.

“The bench was carved by two of the American carvers, Damon Gorecki from Salt Lake City, Utah and Tim Klock from Altoona, Pennsylvania.

“It has been in storage in Smith Brothers workshop awaiting finishing.

“We have had fantastic help and assistance from the Criminal Justice team who have done what we were unable to do. Without their help we could not hope to keep the place looking as it currently is.

“Many good folk have donated plants and other items, all of which help make the place one to be proud of.

“Our sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed to the garden in any way."

Councillor Donald L Reid added: “The garden is looking lovely and special thanks must go to Norrie and Rose Brown and their many volunteer helpers who have worked tirelessly over the years to develop it and make it a welcoming feature of the town centre.”