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Fresh from their brush with royalty at the official opening of the new South Harbour, the ABERDEEN letters have arrived in their next home at Union Terrace Gardens.

The 2m high letters have moved from the Port of Aberdeen – which was officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal – and have now taken up residence among the plants and flowers of the gardens.

The sign, which has featured in thousands of photos and selfies since it first appeared at the city’s Castlegate, will remain at Union Terrace Gardens over the autumn and winter.

The letters will be programmed with colours and displays to celebrate Halloween, Bonfire Night and the festive season, brightening up dark nights and making them visible from Schoolhill, Union Street and Union Terrace.

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Ross Grant, Aberdeen Inspired project manager, said: “The Aberdeen letters have moved from their recent placement at Aberdeen's new South Harbour to Union Terrace Gardens, where they are sure to complement the flora and foliage in the gardens as we move into autumn and winter.

“The letters will be a welcome addition to the newly finished city centre attraction, and on behalf of the city partners, we are delighted to bring them to such a central location.

"The letters will be easily visible from Schoolhill, Union Street and Union Terrace so there will be plenty of opportunity to see them in their new location - we'd love to see pictures of #ABZletters in their new home on social media too!"

Manufactured in Aberdeen by local company Luxous Group, the letters are illuminated by 98,000 light bulbs, 750m of cables and 69,850 microchips.

Watch the Aberdeen Letters being transported from the South Port to Union Terrace Gardens below.
(Video credit - Allan Smith (Evil Genius), Luxous Group LTD and Barry Thackery)