Interactive computer programme next step for Watson-Watt Society

A rare studio photograph, c1960, of Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt without his hallmark spectacles.

A rare studio photograph, c1960, of Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt without his hallmark spectacles.

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The much anticipated arrival of the Sir Robert Watson-Watt statue took a big step forward on March 24, with work commencing to prepare the plinth.

The statue, which will be displayed in St Ninian’s Square, is a bronze figure featuring a spitfire aircraft and radar tower facing in the direction of Watson-Watt’s birthplace and Damacre School.

The sculptor behind the statue, Alan Beattie Herriot, was selected after a tender for design ideas.

A number of submissions were received and placed in the Brechin library for public comment.

This feedback helped the Watson-Watt Society, who fund-raised to finance the statue, to select the winning design.

Alan’s Ancient Mariner and Yankee Jack sculptures are sited at the Maritime Museum, Watchet, Somerset. The Highland Division Piper stands at the entrance to The House of Bruar, in Perthshire.

HRH Prince Andrew the Duke of York unveiled a bronze memorial to Bamse, the Second World WarNorwegian sea dog at Montrose.

In 2011, Alan completed a large bronze statue of King Robert the Bruce in Aberdeen and recently finished a statue dedicated to the footballing achievements of Dennis Law.

Although the cost of the statue and plinth have been met by donations to the Watson-Watt Society, fund-raising is still an important activity carried out by the group.

Their next project is to establish an interactive computer programme with a heavy emphasis on education.

Any one interested in making a donation should visit the www.watsonwatt.wordpress.com.

Alternatively, you can contact secretary of the Watson-Watt Society, Brian Mitchell on 01356 624356, bmitch@mmitch58.wandoo.co.uk or treasurer, Mike Holland on 01356 624053, jennifermholland@hotmail.com.