Royal unveiling for Watson-Watt

Watson-Watt statue
Watson-Watt statue

The date of the official unveiling of Brechin’s first statue is to fall on a historically significant anniversary.

The Watson-Watt Society has announced that the unveiling will take place on Wednesday, September 3 - 75 years to the day that the UK declared war on Nazi Germany, resulting in WWII.

The date will now mark a historically significant event in Brechin’s own history, with the statue of Sir Robert Watson-Watt getting the royal treatment when Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, will visit Brechin and unveiling the plaque on the statue.

Watson-Watt led the team that developed the RADAR defence system on the coast of Britain, which has been credited with helping the country win the Battle of Britain.

The Watson-Watt Society has worked hard over the years to ensure that Watson-Watt received the proper recognition in his home town, and the group set about fund-raising to create a statue.

Endeavours persisted and slowly and steadily funds were raised from companies, charities and many, many individuals throughout the country and abroad.

The statue was put in place earlier this year, and the plaque is set to be put in place and unveiled in a ceremony at 1.30 p.m. in St Ninian’s Square on September 3.

Princess Anne will carry out the unveiling before retiring to Brechin library where she is set to meet committee members from the Watson-Watt Society and invited guests before departing.

The Society are hoping that locals will turn out to support the event - especially those whose donations helped fund the statue.

Brian Mitchell, secretary of the Society said: “We are very conscious that as well as receiving donations from companies and charitable organisations, a great deal of the money came from members of the general public in relatively small amounts but which added up to a major part of what we received.

“We would like to emphasise the part played by these people as well as thanking all donors.”

There will be a small marquee where members of the public will be served light refreshments by members of the congregation of Gardner Memorial Church.