Memo­rial dis­cus­sion

Dis­cus­sion af­ter coun­cil­lor re­ceives his­to­rian’s re­quest

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Johnathon Men­zies

An on­line poll could be used to gauge pub­lic opin­ion with a view to clean­ing the War Memo­rial in the cen­tre of Blair­gowrie.

Events will take place in the Wellmeadow on Novem­ber 11 and 12 as east Perthshire pays its re­spects on Re­mem­brance week­end.

And, prior to this year’s com­mem­o­ra­tions, a lo­cal coun­cil­lor ex­plained he has been ap­proached by a keen am­a­teur his­to­rian with a view to pos­si­bly spruc­ing up the poignant lo­cal town cen­tre land­mark in the fu­ture.

Blair­gowrie and Glens coun­cil­lor Bob Brawn told the most re­cent meet­ing of Blair­gowrie and Rat­tray Community Coun­cil that there were two po­ten­tial op­tions.

The first would be to have the bronze on the memo­rial pro­fes­sion­ally cleaned and a thin layer of spe­cial wax ap­plied by ex­perts which would of­fer an in­creased level of pro­tec­tion for a pe­riod of ap­prox­i­mately five years. The al­ter­na­tive would be to use an­other sub­stance – re­ferred to in a light­hearted man­ner dur­ing the dis­cus­sion as “a bit more spe­cial than Brasso”.

Cllr Brawn did, how­ever, state the fi­nance needed for any im­mi­nent project could prove an is­sue – but added that grant-giv­ing groups such as the War Memo­ri­als Trust could be ap­proached in the fu­ture.

In the en­su­ing con­ver­sa­tion, it was sug­gested more than once that any po­ten­tial sheen on the cleaned memo­rial might prove un­pop­u­lar with some.

Cllr Brawn cau­tioned any wax would be more akin to a trans­par­ent cov­er­ing.

Community coun­cil chair Elaine For­rest said any com­plaints she’d heard about the war memo­rial in the past re­lated to weeds around its base, as op­posed to the con­di­tion of its bronze trib­utes.

How­ever, one mem­ber of the pub­lic present said: “We need to con­tinue to hon­our the peo­ple who paid the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice,” be­fore go­ing on to cite the un­favourable image a down-at-heel memo­rial might present.

Community coun­cil­lor Morag Young said she ap­pre­ci­ated peo­ple would have dif­fer­ent opin­ions and sug­gested a poll on the group’s Face­book page would be an idea in or­der to can­vas opin­ion.

A coun­cil spokesper­son later said “op­tions were be­ing con­sid­ered”.

She added: “The coun­cil re­ceives nu­mer­ous re­quests ev­ery year for the clean­ing of war memo­ri­als; how­ever, war memo­ri­als are sup­posed to be al­lowed to age to re­flect the pass­ing of time. When a re­quest for clean­ing is ap­proved the coun­cil would usu­ally en­gage a spe­cial­ist clean­ing com­pany to en­sure there is no risk to the memo­rial be­ing dam­aged.”

We need to con­tinue to hon­our the peo­ple who paid the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice Mem­ber of the pub­lic

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