War memorials given a face-lift

Bearsden War Memorial.
Bearsden War Memorial.

War memorials in Bearsden and Milngavie have been restored to their former glory, thanks to a £16,500 funding award from the Scottish Government’s Centenary War Memorials Fund.

Work began on the Bearsden war memorial back in September, while the Milngavie memorial was next, with work being carried out throughout October.

An inspection of all ten war memorials in the area by East Dunbartonshire Council identified Bearsden and Milngavie’s as needing restoration the most.

Work included cleaning, waxing and buffing of the bronze statues, cleaning and re-pointing of the stone plinths, and repairing the broken stonework around the memorials.

Additional reports on the condition of East Dunbartonshire’s remaining eight memorials have also been commissioned. Both memorials were awarded Scottish Government grants, which covered 75 per cent of the repair and conservation work; the rest was covered by East Dunbartonshire Council.

Councillor Ashay Ghai, depute leader of East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “This work has dramatically improved these two war memorials, ensuring they are fitting tributes to the residents of East Dunbartonshire who paid the ultimate price fighting for their country.

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

As well as being fully restored they now incorporate a modern crime-fighting security system called Smart Water. All bronze work on both memorials is now coated with this new forensically traceable DNA liquid.

Councillor Ghai added: “These memorials provide people with a place to go and pay their respects. I could not be more impressed with the work which has been carried out and I am glad it was completed in time for Remembrance Sunday.”