Statue of legend Tom Weir to be unveiled

A statue commemorating the life of legendary outdoor enthusiast Tom Weir will be unveiled at the end of this month in Balmaha.

A campaign to raise £50,000 to erect a statue to the legendary climber and gifted TV presenter will be unveiled by fellow outdoor enthusiast and broadcaster Cameron
McNeish in Balmaha, near Tom’s home in Gartocharn at midday on December 29.

Tom died in July 2006 but would have been 100 on this date.

Former Milngavie businessman Allistair Burt of Glasgow EatHaggis, who helped raise funds for the statue by designing and selling Tom Weir t-shirts on-line, said: “We’ve only been a very small cog in the machine but its been an honour to help contribute to such a good cause and we’ve been delighted to help raise awareness and want to give a big thank you to our customers who have helped us raise £525 so far towards the campaign.”

The Tom Weir Statue is having its finishing touches put to it but with the success of the campaign the team are now also able to do the next phase and have the area around the statue landscaped and they still need help. The campaign is led by a team of volunteers including Susan Taylor.

She said: “Tom was blessed with a talent for story telling 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.”

To stay updated on the campaign visit the website - https://www.facebook.com/tomweirmemorial