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(Issue 420, July 2014)

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by Graeme Stewart, Milnathort in Bloom.  Photos copyright 2014, Eileen Thomas.

With the completion of the renovation project on 15 May, a Rededication Service was held on 7 June. The service was led by the Reverend Duncan Stenhouse of Orwell Parish Church and members of the Navy, Army and Air Cadets, Guides and Scouts attended as well as many members of the public. Wreaths were laid by members of the organisations as well as Councillors Giacopazzi and Robertson, Milnathort in Bloom and relatives of some of those named on the monument. A wreath was also laid on behalf of the RAF Recruitment Training, Thomson Flight, which was named after Sergeant George Thomson VC, who is named on the Memorial. During the wreath-laying, a roll call of those named on the monument was read out by the members of the organisations present.

The final cost of the project was 54,000, with the money coming from Perth and Kinross Council, Kinross-shire Fund, Arthur and Margaret Thomson Trust, War Memorials Trust, Awards for All, Community Environment Challenge Fund, public subscription, Trilogy Landscaping and Milnathort in Bloom.

From an initial idea of planting some beds at the Memorial Gardens, the project expanded, so by the end, Milnathort in Bloom had refurbished and repaired the monument, walls, railings, gates and replaced the two concrete pillars with stone ones. Two of the plaques were recast and two repaired after their theft and resulting damage. In addition, we changed the grey pea gravel around the monument with red chips and installed a new epoxy path running from South Street to the park.

Finally, we got to plant the two beds on the west and east side of the gardens. Thanks to all the volunteers from Milnathort in Bloom and others who helped with the project; to Zoe Clark for her help and guidance with the fund raising and project planning and to Take a Pride in Perthshire for their support. Finally, to David Lindsay of Stoneworks, for the work he did on the monument and the plaques and his patience with a novice on restoration.

More information on the project and also images of the progress of the project and the Rededication Service can be seen at: www.facebook.com/MilnathortWarMemorial

I hope you all agree that it was well worthwhile.

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