Watson-Watt bronze statue completed

Sir Robert Watson Watt

Sir Robert Watson Watt

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“WE REALLY need your help to finish the job” is the renewed appeal made by The Watson-Watt Society of Brechin as it reaches the final stage of creating a memorial to Brechin’s radar pioneer.

Chairman Stewart Hill announced that, following several years of fund-raising, the bronze statue of Sir Robert Watson-Watt by Alan B. Herriot has been cast in bronze and is currently in storage at the Powderhall Foundry, Edinburgh.

He said: “With the statue finished, we now need to raise further funds to complete the preparation of the ground in St Ninian’s Square where it will be placed and where we have to construct a solid base and plinth. After that we need to landscape the ground.”

Mike Holland explained that just after the Society commenced its fund-raising attempts came the collapse of the banks and the start of the financial crisis all of which frustrated these attempts. However, over the last year or so there has been a dramatic improvement with funds being donated by businesses as well as individuals.

Mike commented: “We greatly appreciate that many locals including businesses have already contributed but we are now on the last stage and every pound counts.”

The appeal is primarily aimed at local business leaders who are invited to consider making a donation towards the project and so help reach the target to bring an important attraction to the town by 2014. A bronze model of the statue is currently on display in Brechin Town House Museum.

It has also been announced that the Society’s annual general meeting will be held at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, May 21, in Brechin High School. All who are interested are encouraged to attend.