£160,000 fund to repair Scotland’s war memorials

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TWENTY war memorials across Scotland will be restored to their former glory after funding of £160,000 was announced.

Each memorial has been awarded a grant for repair and conservation work.

Alex Salmond makes the announcement at the newly refurbished Peebles War Memorial. Picture: Hemedia

Alex Salmond makes the announcement at the newly refurbished Peebles War Memorial. Picture: Hemedia

The money comes from the latest round of a £1 million fund created last year as part of the Scottish commemorations to mark the centenary of the First World War.

First Minister Alex Salmond made the announcement today at the newly refurbished Peebles War Memorial following a £22,000 grant, and he said Scottish communities are still eligible to apply for the funding.

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He said: “Scotland’s war memorials are a lasting tribute to our fallen servicemen and servicewomen who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defending our country in the First and Second World Wars and other conflicts.

“Each Scottish war memorial, such as this one in Peebles, remind us of the futility of war and the losses endured by our local communities. They also provide people with a place to go and pay their respects.

“It is extremely heartening to learn that communities are benefiting from this fund to upgrade memorials, particularly as this year marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and the start of our commemorations for years to come.”

A total of £319,000 has now been distributed to 43 projects across the country from the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund.

There are an estimated 6,000 war memorials in Scotland, with up to 10% possibly in “poor” or “very bad” condition, according to the Scottish Government.

The projects set to carry out restoration work following the latest round of funding include in Bearsden in East Dunbartonshire, Ormiston in East Lothian, Walls in Shetland and Girvan in South Ayrshire.

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