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Way ahead for Tom Weir statue plan

The Scottish rambler and writer Tom Weir - wearing his trademark bobble hat - at Queen Elizabeth Park, Aberfoyle. Picture taken in September 1993.

The Scottish rambler and writer Tom Weir - wearing his trademark bobble hat - at Queen Elizabeth Park, Aberfoyle. Picture taken in September 1993.

Campaigners hope to raise £50k to erect a statue to legendary climber Tom Weir near his

Gartocharn home on what would have been his 100th birthday.

The much loved tv presenter and outdoor enthusiast would have been 100 next December, and to mark this a fundraising campaign has just kicked-off to raise the funds for a true Scottish outdoor hero.

One of the money spinning ideas by Glasgow based design company Eat Haggis is to team up with the Tom Weir Stature Campaign and release a new limited edition T-shirt to celebrate everyone’s favourite bobble hatted hillwalker.

The campaign is led by a team of volunteers including Susan Taylor.

She said: “Tom was blessed with a talent for storytelling and used it to share his wide knowledge and love of Scotland. We all feel that Tom’s contribution to Scotland’s conservation and his single-handed fight for our national park should not go unnoticed and, for generations to come, Tom Weir will be remembered for his achievements.”

And Mrs Taylor added: “December 2014 would have been Tom’s centenary and the campaign would love to earmark this date with the installation of the statue near to where Tom lived in the National Park.”

Tom was best known for his long-running STV show Weir’s Way, as well as his trademark woolly red hat and Fair Isle jumper. He used to wander the hills, villages and glens of Scotland meeting its people, exploring its landscape and passing on interesting facts about its history in his soft, gentle way.

He was also an active campaigner for the protection of the Scottish environment and the first recipient of the John Muir Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Born in Springburn in 1914, he was the younger brother of actress Molly Weir, served in the Royal Artillery during the Second World War and worked as a surveyor for the Ordinance Survey before becoming a full time climber and writer.

In 1950 he was a member of the first post war Himalayan expedition and in 1952 was one of the first to explore the mountain ranges of Nepal east of Kathmandu.

Tom passed away in July, 2006 and is buried in the grounds of Kilmaronock Parish Church, near Drymen.

For more information go to www.facebook.com/tomweirmemorial

 

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