The much-loved Honeymoon Chair on Jamestown waterfront should be restored to its former splendour by the end of August 2012, reports the St Helena Broadcasting Corporation – even if the bougainvillea that grew over it will take time to recover. The frame over the seat collapsed in April 2012, after the weight of the bougainvillea opened up cracks in the concrete cladding, causing the iron suports to corrode. Read more here.
The structure that collapsed over Jamestown’s much-loved Honeymoon Chair in April 2012 was already in a dangerous condition, according to an investigation.
The weight of the bougainvillea plant over the seat had caused the concrete cladding to crack and let in water, which corroded the steel inside.
It crumpled when workmen tried to prune the tree on 25 April.
A report published on the Saint FM Facebook page says: “When the structure was subjected to relatively small sideways force it had no strength and simply collapsed.”
Had it survived the pruning operation and been inspected, “three of the four pillars would almost certainly been condemned with the likely action being their demolition.”
A stronger support frame has already been constructed and awaits installation.
The Honeymoon Chair on Jamestown waterfront – one of St Helena’s best-loved spots – has been badly damaged.
Saint FM reports that a tractor was used to remove a branch from the bougainvillea that grew over the seat… and the entire tree toppled over.
The school swimming gala was taking place just a few yards away.
Visit Saint FM’s Facebook page to see pictures, and read comments. Here are some of them:
Shirley Gillian Green that honeymoon chair means a lot to us Saints. Lots of cherished memories.
Gilly May Key what a shame. If only that Honeymoon Chair could talk.
Dave Stevens No care for the sentimental value such a historic icon holds. Those of us abroad think about going home and sit there watching the sun set. That’s that ruined..