Tribute to Scottish countryside legend

Tom Weir
Tom Weir

A life-size statue commemorating the life of Scottish countryside legend Tom Weir is to be unveiled on the banks of Loch Lomond.

Tom, who came from Springburn, was a prolific writer, broadcaster and expert on Scotland’s great outdoors.

He passed away in July 2006 and next week’s ceremony, at midday on Monday, December 29, at Balmaha Bay, will be held on what would have been his 100th birthday.

The Tom Weir Memorial Group was set up in 2012 by individuals keen to mark his outstanding contribution and dedication to promoting Scotland’s countryside, and a fundraising campaign was launched to have a permanent memorial erected to him.

Businessman Alistair Burt, of Glasgow EatHaggis, helped raise funds for the statue by designing and selling Tom Weir t-shirts on-line.

He said: “We’ve only been a very small cog in the machine, but it’s been an honour to help contribute to such a good cause.”

Susan Taylor, of the Tom Weir Memorial Group,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.”

A musical tribute will take place at the statue unveiling with special guests including well-known outdoor writers and broadcasters Cameron McNeish and Jimmie MacGregor, Scottish minstrel Alistair MacDonald and sculptor Sean Hedges-Quinn.

Organisers say all lovers of the great outdoors are invited to attend the free special celebration at Balmaha Bay.

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