Watson-Watt Memorial receives extra £1,340

Statue: Players of the charity bridge afternoon are seen holding an artists impression of how the statue will look in Brechin's St Ninian's Square.

Statue: Players of the charity bridge afternoon are seen holding an artists impression of how the statue will look in Brechin's St Ninian's Square.

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A MEMORIAL Statue to commemorate Brechin’s Robert Watson-Watt, the pioneer of radar, has taken another step forward recently following a fund-raising event which raised £1,340 for the charity.

Robert and Jenny Martin organised a lunch and bridge competition, held on Thursday, in aid of the Watson-Watt appeal which saw an eclectic group of 56 keen players in attendance.

Winning the first place prize was Sue Cooke whilst the “surprise” winner was Sarah Sayers.

The £1,340 total raised will go towards the cost of the statue.

The Society has already raised enough money to commission the sculptor, Alan Herriot, to complete his work on the 115 per cent size statue however more money is still needed to get the statue moulded in bronze.

Sir Robert Watson-Watt was born at 5 Union Street, Brechin, on April 13, 1892, and was educated at Damacre School and Brechin High School.

Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so by visiting www.watsonwatt.org, contact the secretary, Brian Mitchell on 01356 624356 or e-mail bmitch@mmitch58.wandoo.co.uk or the treasurer, Mike Holland on 01356 624053 or by e-mail at jennifermholland@hotmail.com.