reporting the fire at the Rosswyn Hotel the day after that dreadful
night two months ago, emails have arrived from all over the
world asking for future progress reports. Today, Monday 10th
January, exactly two months after the disaster I returned to
speak to Rose and Pam and to photograph progress made so far
in restoring the historic building to its former glory, and
the building's future reopening as a hotel and pub.
has been taking place in phases. Phase one, which was completed
before Christmas included the removal of charcoal remains such
as the bar plus items of furniture and equipment. Anything which
looked repairable went into storage, to be restored at a later
date. Hopefully, 'Ken Phelps' Chair' (The Captain's Chair in
the front seating area) is going to be fully restorable.
involved a level of cleaning up - sandblasting walls and a first
stage clean up of the medieval carvings. It is so far looking
hopeful that these will be fully restorable to their former
building specifications have been set and are going out to tender.
Tenders from respective contractors have to be submitted within
the next three weeks. As these three weeks have to be waited
out in full, further work is currently on hold.
It is now
certain that the fire was started by an electrical fault.
the building today to take the photographs below, I was surprised
just how much the smell of the fire had lingered. On returning
home, l could still smell it on my clothes.