Headstones repaired at Ellon churchyard

Headstone at St Mary on the Rock Church in Ellon have been repaired following a vandal attack during the summer.
Headstone at St Mary on the Rock Church in Ellon have been repaired following a vandal attack during the summer.

Headstones damaged by vandals in an Ellon churchyard during the summer have now been repaired.

A total of 16 memorials were knocked over or broken at St Mary on the Rock Church at the beginning of August.

Police launched an investigation into the vandalism which shocked the local community, but the culprits have not been traced.

Following the incident, St Mary’s received an estimate of around £3,600 to fix or replace all the headstones.

The work has now been completed.

St Mary’s rector the Rev Canon Peter Mander told the Times they were pleased to have finally had the repairs carried out.

He said: “All the headstones have been replaced and repaired. It’s looking a lot better.

“They’ve made a really good job. I’m happy with it, as indeed I’m sure will be all the folk whose headstones were damaged.”

Mr Mander recently thanked the local community for their support following the vandalism.

He said the church would be able to offer some assistance towards the repair bill and they were grateful for contributions from the Ellon community.

Despite the vandalism, St Mary’s has been continuing with its busy programme of seasonal events.

At the time, police described the vandalism as a “reckless and thoughtless act”, causing considerable and needless upset to countless families and friends.