Bring Back Dundee's Royal Arch!
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Dundee's Royal Arch was a well known monument in the city until it got demolished to make way for the Tay Road Bridge which was built in the 1960s. Since the arch was demolished, calls for a replica to be built have been considerably high and we think it would be good to see the Royal Arch be re-built in the city.
Lost Dundee created a petition to bring the arch back and Dundee Culture created a campaign to bring it back as well and that included a campaign in which both gained a large amount of support and that was in 2015. Now in 2017, we believe that there are renewed calls for the Royal Arch to be rebuilt as part of Dundee's waterfront regeneration project and we believe that the demand has never been higher and with the People's Tower project which saw crowds turnout in their hundreds to rebuild a cardboard version of the arch and NEoN Digital Arts Festival creating a 'digital Royal Arch' in the location where the arch once was, we believe that the demand for a re-construction of the arch is high and that is why we have created a new campaign, including this petition to see what the people think today!
We understand that this isn't a priority for Dundee City Council at this moment in time however it is always good to see what people think on the issue, so if you want to see the Royal Arch return, feel free to sign!
What is the Royal Arch?
The Royal Arch was a structure that stood at Dundee's waterfront for over 100 years! The arch was built to commemorate a prior visit to the city by Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert, in 1844. Victoria and Albert were on a visit to Duke of Atholl and his nephew, Lord Glenlyon (who succeed the unmarried duke 2 years later). The Royal boat landed at the Royal Arch and the couple returned and embarked for London on 1 October 1844. This was the first visit by a British monarch to Dundee since the 17th century.
The arch was demolished in the 1960s to make way for the Tay Road Bridge. Fragments of the arch were founded in 2014 and trees were planted in the location of the former arch to commemorate the landmark.
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