Memorials to war heroes will be cleaned-up and renovated

Bearsden War Memorial
Bearsden War Memorial

Council chiefs have given the go-ahead for renovation work to be carried out on two local war memorials following an inspection.

Work will begin on the Bearsden War Memorial on Monday, September 22 for around two weeks. Work starts on the Milngavie memorial on Monday, October 6.

East Dunbartonshire Council commissioned conservation reports on the two memorials earlier this year from a specialist company, after concerns were raised following last year’s Remembrance Sunday Service.

Both memorials have not been cleaned for a number of years.

The survey findings highlighted that they would benefit from some restorative work. This will involve cleaning, waxing and buffing of the statues, cleaning and re-pointing of the stone plinths, and repairing the broken stonework.

Bearsden North councillor Ashay Ghai, depute leader of East Dunbartonshire Council and convenor of Neighbourhood Services, said: “This work will dramatically improve these two war memorials, ensuring they are fitting tributes to the residents of East Dunbartonshire who lost their lives fighting for their country.

“It is particularly fitting that this work is taking place in the year of the 100th anniversary of the First World War when so many perished.”