Trib­ute toPol­ish dead­gets facelift

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - LOCAL NEWS -

A war me­mo­rial in Rossshire, built by Pol­ish sol­diers us­ing stone from the lo­cal beach, has been given a facelift.

The me­mo­rial was erected in In­ver­gor­don in 1947 to com­mem­o­rate Pol­ish mil­i­tary per­son­nel who lost their lives in WWII. Poles fought along­side Bri­tish forces dur­ing the war, and many were trained and sta­tioned in Scot­land, in­clud­ing In­ver­gor­don.

Stone­ma­sons have now re­paired the me­mo­rial’s brick­work, cleaned its sur­round­ing stonework and re­painted the let­ter­ing.

And a dozen of­fend­ers car­ry­ing out un­paid work as an al­ter­na­tive to a prison sen­tence also helped out with the restora­tion project.

“Iam­so­pleased this­memo­rial is­go­ing­tobe lookin­gits­best”

Cro­marty Firth coun­cil­lor Max­ine Smith said: “I and my fel­low ward mem­bers, coun­cil­lors Mike Fin­layson, Pauline Munro and Carolyn Wil­son are de­lighted to see the Pol­ish Me­mo­rial spruced up and look­ing so good in time for its Re­mem­brance Ser­vice.

“It’s also good for of­fend­ers on com­mu­nity pay­back to carry out in­ter­est­ing work and hope­fully learn new skills that will help those not in work to get a job.”

The me­mo­rial has a very special place in the lo­cal com­mu­nity. A re­mem­brance ser­vice is held there ev­ery year, one week later than the other re­mem­brance day ser­vices.

Vanda Hardy ( nee Zaw­in­ski), whose fa­ther was one of those who built the mon­u­ment, said: “I am so pleased this special me­mo­rial is go­ing to be look­ing its best in time for the Pol­ish Me­mo­rial and re­mem­brance ser­vice – Czesc Ich Pamieci – which will be held on Sun­day, Novem­ber 19, at 2pm.

“All are wel­come to come along.”

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