Another step closer for Watson-Watt

Bob Stack (right) presents the cheque to Don McGilp watched by staff member Susan Graham and customers.
Bob Stack (right) presents the cheque to Don McGilp watched by staff member Susan Graham and customers.

plans for a permanent memorial for Robert Watson-Watt, the man recognised as “the father of radar”, have taken another step forward following a donation from a local public house.

The Brechin Arms made the donation to the Watson-Watt Society of Brechin thanks to generosity of its staff and customers.

Over the last few months customers at the pub have been dropping their change into a collection box and proprietor Bob Stack was able to present a cheque for £200 to Donald McGilp of the Society.

This is the second donation from the popular bar to the Watson-Watt Society in the last year or so and Brian Mitchell, Society secretary, expressed the delight and appreciation of his committee for the continued kindness of clientele and staff of the establishment.

“I know Bob kindly rounded off the figure collected from the collection can and such donations from within the community of Brechin are extremely important to us.

“A big ‘thank you’ to Bob, staff and, of course, customers.”

This donation takes the society a third of the way to their target total of £85,000 needed to create and erect the memorial at Brechin’s St Ninian’s Square.

A bronze maquette of the planned statue is currently on display at Brechin’s Town House Museum.