A familiar face at one of Bute’s best-known - and most unusual - visitor attractions has retired from his post.
Dan Sawers retired this week after 19 years as an attendant at the Victorian Toilets in Rothesay - but before he left, he shared the story of the ornate conveniences for one last time, and recalled just a few of the famous faces to whom he’s given a guided tour of the facilities since taking up the post in 1994.
Commissioned by the Rothesay Harbour Trust in 1899 during the town’s holiday heyday, the toilets - which reopened in 1994 after a £300,000 refurbishment and have won a host of awards ever since - are widely regarded as the most impressive surviving late Victorian public conveniences in Scotland, if not Britain.
Apart from the cisterns in the cubicles, all the original fittings in the ornate gents’ lavatory remain as supplied by Twyfords Ltd of Glasgow in 1899 for the princely sum of £530.
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