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Tin Tabernacle back in service

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It is affectionately know as the ‘Tin Tabernacle’ and there was much dismay when it was damaged by fire in December 2016.

The blaze caused such devastation that services could no longer be held at St Columba’s Episcopal Church in Brora and it has been closed ever since.

But the iconic, red-roofed building, situated in its own plot on the north side of the village, has slowly come back to life.

A project to repair and refurbish it, has finally been completed.

And in celebration, a service of rededication is to be held next Saturday, September 28.

Rev James Currall, Episcopal priest in charge at Dornoch, Tain and Lairg, said: “There will be a special service a week tomorrow – the first since the fire that closed the church.”

The Most Reverend Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, will conduct the rededication service.

Rev Currall will be licensed as Priest-in-Charge at Brora.

Opened 110 years ago in August 1909, the church was one of a large number of tin tabernacles constructed over the period spanning the late 19th and early 20th century.

Often conceived as temporary structures, they have proved to be very durable.

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