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Published 11 September 2019

A historic fountain commemorating a famous Balloch boat hirer has been reinstalled in the village as part of a Council regeneration project.

The feature, which is dedicated to Henry Thomas Lynn, was reintroduced to the area during the Balloch Village Square project.

It was returned following feedback from community members, including Mr Lynn’s great granddaughter Isobel Martin, during consultations.

Councillor Iain McLaren, was joined by Isobel and other members of Mr Lynn’s family as it was officially unveiled last week.

Featuring a portrait of Mr Lynn, the fountain says: “To the memory of Henry Lynn, erected by his friends in the county to commemorate his association with Loch Lomond.”

Local school children from Balloch Primary and St Kessogs, who created the inscriptions about Balloch around the fountain, were also at the event.

The two schools worked together to produce a number of phrases which are etched into the pavement including ‘Be Brilliant at Balloch, the Bonniest place to Be.’

Cllr McLaren, Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “I was delighted to be at the official unveiling of this fountain.

“It is clearly something that the Balloch community care a lot about, and we were only too happy to listen to their feedback and put it back into the village where it belongs.

“Now residents and visitors alike can learn a bit more about the village’s history.”

Cllr McNair, Vice Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, added: “It’s great to see this being reintroduced with members of Henry Thomas Lynn’s family here to witness it.

“Mr Lynn clearly paid an important part in the history of this village, and this is a great focal point for visitors to the area, who can learn about its past.

“Well done to the school children who helped design the brilliant artwork etched around the fountain.”

Isobel, 84, who has lived in Balloch for her whole life, was delighted to see the fountain back.

She said: “I’m so pleased that this fountain is back on display, it is looking lovely.”

Henry Lynn begun a new line of business in the quiet village by offering people rowboat trips on the loch, he was well known in the community.

The ambitious Balloch Village Square Project has seen the construction of a new village square on Balloch Road beside Moss O‘Balloch Park.

Changes include wider paving in certain sections to enhance space and introduce the possibility for a café culture and seating areas.