Engraving Specialists Engrave New Garden Memorial Monument

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Engraving specialists Sign Industries engraves a new monument just unveiled at Glasgow’s newly re-opened St Andrew’s Cathedral.

Gray & Dick Ltd of Glasgow commissioned Sign Industries with the intricate etching work to a beautifully polished steel monument which sits in the newly opened Italian Cloister Garden, next to the recently refurbished St Andrew’s Cathedral in Glasgow.

Archbishop Mario Conti of Glasgow led a special celebration to mark the opening of the Italian Cloister Garden and was joined by First Minister Alex Salmond and 91 year old Rando Bertoia, the only living survivor of the Arandora Star tragedy along with relatives of the victims.

The polished steel monument, which is centrally located in the memorial garden, commemorates the victims of the tragedy, in which approximately 100 Scots Italians died when the ship they were travelling on was torpedoed by a German U-boat during the Second World War. The monument carefully etched by Sign Industries, is the largest tribute to the victims of the tragedy anywhere in the world.

Also present at the opening was Giulia Chiarini, the architect from Rome who designed the garden and monument, and the mayors of the towns from where most Scots Italians came - Barga and Pistoia in Tuscany, plus Picinisco and Filignano in the Lazio region of Italy.

The Garden opening follows what has been an historic period, as St Andrew’s Cathedral itself has only just recently re-opened following a £4.5million renovation project which started in 2009.

Sign Industries Director Paul Cargill commented, “We were delighted to be chosen to perform our intricate engraving work on such a special monument. While the polished steel looks impressive, there was certainly no margin for error working on this type of material, and I’m really pleased with end result, as the monument and memorial garden look truly spectacular”.

Sign Industries is a well respected sign making specialist whose specialism is working with bronze, brass and stainless steel. They not only manufacturer metal signs in all shapes and sizes but also provide intricate etching – producing high quality engraved plaques and monuments is certainly not uncommon as is their growing range of unique memorial plaques, which are also available for UK consumers to purchase directly too.

For more information about Sign Industries services, telephone 01241 828 694.

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