Lucky Gate Post

Rose Johnson

Summer Isles, United Kingdom

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This is a gate post on an island in the Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland. It is much larger and stronger that it needs to be. There is a story behind it. The post is also the tomb of a much loved sheepdog and was built by his master when he created the the entrance to his home which he built for his new wife. The post was erected just before the builder went off to serve in the 1914-18 war. From which he returned unscathed three years later. In his absence his wife had given birth to twin boys who grew up into strong men. They in turn served in the 1939-45 war and returned safe. The family were always known for their good fortune and it is said that any newly-weds who climb up and stand on the post together on the first midsummers day of their marrieage will have good fortune too.

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