Watson-Watt society gains £10,000 boost

Members of Brechin's Civic Trust hand over a cheque for �10,000 to the Watson-Watt Society. Pictured left to right are: Jim Houston, Gordon Watson (both Civic Trust) and Mike Holland, Steve Nicoll (both Watson-Watt Society).

Members of Brechin's Civic Trust hand over a cheque for �10,000 to the Watson-Watt Society. Pictured left to right are: Jim Houston, Gordon Watson (both Civic Trust) and Mike Holland, Steve Nicoll (both Watson-Watt Society).

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THE CITY of Brechin Civic Trust has presented a cheque for £10,000 to the Watson-Watt Society of Brechin’s campaign to erect a permanent memorial to Sir Robert Watson-Watt, the radar pioneer.

Handing over the cheque, trust treasurer Gordon Watson said: “This honours a pledge we made some years ago to donate to this project.

“We believe that such a memorial is long over-due and we need to recognise the great efforts of Watson-Watt and his team in developing the radar system so crucially important to the defence of this country during the Second World War. We also feel that the proposed statue – the first in Brechin – will be another attraction in the town.’

Mike Holland, treasurer of the Watson-Watt Society, said that the donation was the biggest contribution received by the society so far and praised the efforts of local groups and individuals who have helped raise funds. He stated:“This follows last week’s donation from Robert and Jenny Martin, who had held a very successful bridge event in support of the society. There have also been contributions from numerous individuals.”

Mike emphasised, however, that, although considerable progress had been made, money was still required and he hoped the strong support of the last year would continue as “every single pound counts”.

The society has reached the point whereby the sculptor, Alan Herriot, can complete the clay model of the statue and the foundry can construct the mould.

The next stage would be the casting in bronze of the figure of Sir Robert Watson-Watt.

An exact miniature of the statue, which will be sited in St Ninian’s Square, is currently exhibited in Brechin Town House Museum.

Anyone seeking more information or would like to make a contribution can contact Mike Holland phone 01356 624053/email jennifermholland@hotmail.com or the secretary, Brian Mitchell, phone 01356 624356/email bmitch@mmitch58.wanadoo.co.uk.