Dragons to return home

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A PAIR of ornamental dragons which mark the entrance to Sir Patrick Geddes’ celebrated Lawnmarket tenement are expected to be returned this month after being refurbished.

The once brightly-coloured brackets carved into dragon figurines had fallen into disrepair in recent years but their plight was highlighted by a granddaughter of the town planner.

As the Evening News reported in December, the items, which guard the entrance to Wardop’s Court, were removed and are being painstakingly repainted and decorated with gold leaf.

Edinburgh World Heritage and the Brownlee Old Town Trust have funded the work, which monument experts at the city council have undertaken.

The restoration work was expected to take around 100 hours to complete.