Trustees from the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory have issued a further update regarding the devastating fire that wiped out the entire wooden structure a fortnight ago.

In the early hours of Wednesday, June 23, staff, residents and visitors were left deeply saddened after a blaze took hold at the Observatory which was later confirmed to have "completely destroyed" the structure and all its contents.

In the hope of raising enough money to restore the structure to its former glory, a PayPal link was set up.

However following an updated statement released yesterday, Trustees and staff said that despite the "overwhelming and generous support", "as our plans for rebuilding the observatory are at an early stage, we are, for the moment, ceasing the acceptance of donations until we have more firmly developed our plans for the re-build."

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Those who have already donated were assured that their contribution will go towards the development of a new facility and once future plans are more set in stone, further information on fundraising activities will be announced.

Officials also echoed earlier sentiments in thanking Scottish Fire and Rescue Service teams who attended the incident and to Police Scotland who are continuing with their investigation into the cause of the fire. 

Anyone who may have any information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 0293 of Wednesday 23 June. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Further to our recent announcement sharing the terrible news that the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory was completely...

Posted by Scottish Dark Sky Observatory on Monday, 5 July 2021