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Work underway on war memorial revamp

Local firms employed to carry out Dollar Park project

Work is underway to extend and refurbish Falkirk’s War Memorial in Dollar Park.

New structures are being installed on site to properly list the names of the local men who died in both the first and second World Wars. The current war memorial – unlike other local memorials – doesn’t name the war dead.

The works will also make the site more accessible from the Park itself – improving access for people with disabilities.

The Friends of Falkirk War Memorial – the charity behind the revamp – has commissioned an almost entirely local team to carry out the works.

The main contractor is C.A.M.S. Construction Scotland, based at Redding Industrial Estate.

Also involved in the project are:

  • Quality Masonry Services of Dalderse Avenue, Falkirk;
  • Falkirk Stonemasons of Bankside Industrial Estate, Falkirk;
  • TBB Architecture, based in the town’s Cockburn Street;
  • Sterling Precast, based in Stirling; and
  • The Helix Building Consultancy Ltd – the quantity surveyors – based in Lenzie.

The project has also been given extensive support by the Eden Consultancy Group in Falkirk – designing eye-catching graphics and postcards to promote the campaign (as well as helping create plaques for the site itself).

Former Provost Pat Reid, who helped set up The Friends, said: “Work started on site last month and we hope to have a service of re-dedication towards the end of October before Remembrance Day.”

He added: “The existing memorial was unveiled in 1926 to remember the 1100 local men who died in World War I. Sadly – unlike other local memorials – it doesn’t name the war dead, or the 450 others who died subsequently in World War II. We want to properly remember Falkirk’s Fallen – adding the names on additional panels – and making other improvements to the site.

“Currently access is only via the main pavement and steps leading up from Camelon Road. Our work will improve access for people for mobility issues paying their respects at the memorial.”

Councillor Reid thanked local people who have contributed to the memorial project.

“We’ve already had good support from individuals, local businesses and the Council’s Common Good Fund. If you feel you can help, please make a donation through our website – or get in touch with myself,” he said.

You can find out more and contribute at www.falkirkwarmemorial.org

The Friends has a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/falkirkwarmemorial

You can also contact The Friends by email: falkirkwarmemorial@gmail.com or by calling 01324 628379

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