Rothesay’s new rabbit needs a name

Mark Wasley has carved a rabbit from the remains of a tree trunk on the corner of King Street and Stuart Street in Rothesay.
Mark Wasley has carved a rabbit from the remains of a tree trunk on the corner of King Street and Stuart Street in Rothesay.

Years ago the young people of Bute used to be divided into ‘Rothesay Rabbits’ and ‘Port Hares’, depending on which part of the island they came from: well, there’s a new Rothesay rabbit on the scene, and he (or she!) needs a name.

The rabbit, carved by local council gardener Mark Wasley, sits proudly atop what is left of a tree trunk in the public garden space on the corner of King Street and Stuart Street, currently undergoing a much-needed, and long-awaited, revamp.

Bute community councillor Iain Gillespie, who is helping breathe new life into the space, has launched a competition to find a name for the rabbit - and he needs suggestions from children on the island.

Entry forms are available at Print Point, Rothesay Library and Rothesay Pavilion: the competition’s closing date is Saturday, May 30, and prizes will be presented to the top three in each of three age group categories - under 5, 5-7, and age 8 - at the garden on Saturday, June 6 (or indoors at the nearby Moat Centre if it’s wet).

There will be separate special prizes too, and Iain is hoping that some of the children who come along to the prize-giving on June 6 will do so in fancy dress.

“We have, to date, received donations of £170 towards the cost of rockery plants, plus many individual donations of plants,” Iain said. “All are very gratefully received.”