AN HISTORICAL fountain commemorating a famous Balloch businessman has been reinstalled in the village.

The feature, dedicated to boat hirer Henry Thomas Lynn, was reintroduced as part of a council regeneration project.

It was returned following feedback from community members, including Mr Lynn’s great granddaughter, Isobel Martin.

Isobel, 84, who has lived in Balloch her whole life said: “I’m so pleased that this fountain is back on display, it is looking lovely.”

Featuring a portrait of Mr Lynn, an inscription reads: “To the memory of Henry Lynn, erected by his friends in the county to commemorate his association with Loch Lomond.”

Isobel was joined by other members of Mr Lynn’s family, councillors and school children at the official unveiling last week.

Pupils from Balloch Primary and St Kessogs worked together to create inscriptions which are etched around the wishing well, and includes ‘Be Brilliant at Balloch, the Bonniest place to Be.’

Councillor Iain McLaren, convener of infrastructure, regeneration and economic development, said: “I was delighted to be at the official unveiling of this fountain.

“It is clearly something that the Balloch community care a lot about, and we were only too happy to put it back into the village where it belongs.

“Now residents and visitors alike can learn a bit more about the village’s history.”

Henry Lynn started a new line of business in the village by offering people row boat trips on the loch, leading to him becoming well known in the community.

The fountain’s reinstatement is part of the Balloch Village Square Project which has seen the construction of a new village square on Balloch Road beside Moss O‘Balloch Park.

Changes include wider paving in certain sections and seating areas.