A STONE ‘snake’ created as a show of community spirit during lockdown will find a permanent home in Prestonpans.

Dozens of members of the public put down stones as the snake stretched along Edinburgh Road between the town and neighbouring Cockenzie and Port Seton.

Now, Prestonpans Community Council has secured land to ensure the snake lives on beyond coronavirus restrictions.

Emma Orphant felt it was important that the stone work of art had a permanent place in the town.

She said: “Other than being a reminder of the pandemic, it has really brought families together.

“It is another activity that families have been able to do, to get out and about, kids and grandparents.

“I’ve certainly had my nephews down making the rocks and it is really a family thing.”

Emma, who lives in Prestonpans, said that work would now need to take place before the snake moved to its new home off Edinburgh Road.

She took to social media to encourage people to do their bit and said: “If you painted and placed a stone within the snake, and would like it to be forever within the memorial, then if you could pop along and collect it and, if it needs it, re-paint it, and varnish it so that they are ready for when East Lothian Council have prepared the area and we are ready to set them into the concrete.

“Prestonpans Community Council has secured funding to purchase varnish and are planning on having an open day (date to be confirmed) where the varnish will be available and you can finish off your stone.

“We are looking for the stones to be collected from the wall no later than April 25, and any stones left after that date will be disposed of as they may become displaced when work starts on the old power station site and Greenhills.”

It is hoped the project will be complete within a matter of weeks.