A PIECE of history has been uncovered during the course of local renovation works.

Biggar Youth Project recently began refurbishing Biggar's Old Auction Ring in an effort to make the youth group's home more environmentally friendly.

But when workers from McCann's Builders were assessing the condition of the louvred vent on top of the ring, they discovered the original bell hidden behind plastic bags packed into the space to deter nesting birds.

Janet Moxley, Secretary of the Biggar Youth Project Board said: "It was lovely to uncover this wee bit of local history and learn the story behind it.

"We are modifying the plans for our renovation to make the bell visible through a transparent ceiling panel, and are hoping to use the bell to mark special events at the Youth Project.

"Some of the young people have suggested that it could be used to celebrate birthdays or as an 'awesome person' award.

"We certainly intend to use it to celebrate completion of the renovation when the building reopens in the autumn! It will also be on view when we offer a 'sneak preview' of the renovation work as part of South Lanarkshire Doors Open Day in September."

Locals have shared that before the foot and mouth epidemic the bell was used to call potential bidders to cattle sales in the Old Auction Ring.

The refurbishment of the Old Auction Ring has been funded by grants from SSE Renewables, the Clyde Windfarm, South Lanarkshire Place Based Investment Programme, Scottish Government Let's Do Net Zero Community Buildings Fund, National Lottery Community Fund, The Garfield Weston Foundation, Ventient Glenkerie Community Fund and the RBS Regenerate Fund.