Bearsden Cross memorial a step closer to renovation

An inspection of Bearsden Cross war memorial has now been completed and the council is considering options for improvement.

A structural engineer had been commissioned by East Dunbartonshire Council following concerns raised at last year’s Remembrance Sunday parade.

Grace Irvine, Director of Neighbourhood Services, said: “Our war memorials are an important part of our local heritage and we carry out annual inspections and clean-ups to maintain their appearance.

“A structural engineering and conservation report was commissioned into the condition of Bearsden Cross War Memorial in December.

“We have now received the results of the survey and the full details are being analysed and options considered for improvements.”

The Bearsden war memorial is at the junction of the Drymen and Roman roads and was unveiled on May 14, 1924 by Sir Ian Colquhoun and features a bronze group by sculptor Alexander Proudfoot with two nine foot figures which stand on a 15 foot pedestal of Portland Stone.

The group represents The Triumph of Sacrifice, and shows a winged angelic figure supporting the figure of a stricken youth.

The figure of the youth represents the sacrifice of the nation’s youth and the winged figure symbolises the national consciousness of the preciousness of the sacrifice of war and also victory.