Bridge memorial appeal underway

An appeal to raise funds for a memorial which will include the names of two Forfar residents is gaining momentum.

Stuart Morris of Balgonie, who is descended from 52-year-old victim Elizabeth Mann, said the money raised had reached £1000, with another £850 expected from contributors in America.

Additionally artist Phylis Fenton, from Newport in Fife, has given the appeal two paintings to auction off for funds.

The money will be used to build a memorial near the existing bridge to the people who lost their lives when their train plunged into the Tay.

The memorial will consist of an octagonal stone plinth topped with bronze metalwork to represent the pillars of the bridge and a wreath comprising of lilies, to represent Dundee, flax, to represent Fife, and thistles, symbolising Scotland as a whole.

A plaque will bear the names of all the victims who perished in the disaster, deduced from tickets collected at St Fort station before the train set off on its fateful crossing.

Along with Mrs Mann, David McBeth (44) will be remembered. Mr McBeth is one of the few victims to have a grave, he is buried in Newmonthill cemetery.

Since Stuart started his campaign he has had six relatives of the victims come forward.

The trust has also managed to locate the unmarked grave of the train driver. He lies in a cemetery in Leslie in Fife.

The trust has put a temporary grave marker on the site but hope to eventually replace this with a proper gravestone.

For more information on the disaster and to view the memorial design go to www.thetaymemorial.com.