The site for the refurbished jawbones was prepared in July, but it looks as if it will be January 2017 before the jawbones are erected again. We have been told by the Council "Latest information we received from the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust is there have been some further unforeseen delays and the latest timetable we have had for installation is now the end of December, but would envisage with the festive period more likely to be January" This means the Melville Drive end of Jawbone walk will stay closed. Apparently it is not safe to open for public use until the jawbones have been put back in place.
The Jawbone Arch has become a well-loved Edinburgh landmark, but recent investigations have shown that restoration work is needed. The bones have been removed for detailed examination, before specialist conservation can take place. The City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh World Heritage, the Friends of the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links and local resident Heidi Pearson (a Shetlander) are collaborating on an appeal to raise £60,000 to ensure the arch is preserved for future generations. The Up Helly Aa Jarl Squad from Shetland were visiting Edinburgh to take part in the Hogmanay events and kindly gave their time to help promote the appeal. A Facebook page has been created to help raise awareness for the project, in addition Summerhall TV have produced a video interviewing Heidi about her involvement with the appeal and the recent support shown by the Viking's visit to the Jawbone Arch. There are several ways to donate towards the project: Online: www.justgiving.com (http://www.justgiving.com/edinburghworldheritagetrust) You can give by credit or debit card and if you are a taxpayer your tax can be reclaimed. Cheque: Please send to Edinburgh World Heritage, 5 Bakehouse Close, 146 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DD. Please mark the envelope 'Jawbone'. The appeal is also on Facebook – Save the Jawbone Arch (https://www.facebook.com/savethejawbonearchmeadowsedinburgh) or you can use the Edinburgh World Heritage website here.