in a lifetime the chance arises to make
a significant difference to our surroundings
and to our community. That moment arrived
as St Andrew's Cathedral, the oldest and
most venerable Catholic church in central
Scotland was redeveloped.
One improvement is a brand new cloister garden,
a traditional feature for a Cathedral, offering
it "breathing space" - a gathering
area and in future an exhibition and cafe space.
Garden is a special place to remember
those of our loved ones who have died. It
also provides a focus for a forgotten
tragedy which has never been appropriately
On the morning of 2nd July 1940, off the
coast of lreland, the transatlantic liner
Arandora Star was torpedoed and sank. Aboard
were hundreds of Italian civilians living
in the UK who had been arrested and interned
after Italy's entry into the war. In the
sinking, more than 700 men perished, British,
Germans and Italians including 446 Italian
The new cloister garden is the world's largest
permanent memorial to the victims.