Midlothian man devastated as sentimental bench torched by vandals at beauty spot

A Midlothian man has shared his devastation after a sentimental picnic bench was torched by vandals.

Nigel Stewart from Rosewell, recently lost his best friend and the bench was a place where they would often talk with one another.

The 48-year-old said that the bench was also a safe haven for him as he would often rest there when walking to the Gunpowder Mill in Roslin Glen Country Park.

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Nigel added that he suffers from physical and mental health issues and the bench was vital in allowing him to take a break.

An image shared by Nigel shows the charred remains of the bench that was often used by other locals for picnics.

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“I noticed it when I was out on a walk last week when I was down in the glen,” Nigel said. “I have health and mental health problems so the bench was saviour through the years when I walked to the old gunpowder mill.

What the bench used to look like.
What the bench used to look like. -Credit:Nigel Stewart.

“It was a place to sit and get my breath, enjoy the wildlife and the noise of the river. My best friend passed away recently and it was a place where we watched wildlife and sat and talked rubbish and had a laugh.

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“So for me personally I'm really sad as I had so many memories at the bench. Loads of people used it and now without the picnic table they have nowhere to sit and have something to eat after the walk to it.

“It is frustrating why people destroy things just for the fun of it.”