Statue plan is all coming together

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A PLAN to erect a statue of one of Angus’ most famous sons is inching closer to completion.

The Watson-Watt Society has been able to make a very important decision that is a massive step towards finally getting the Watson-Watt commemorative statue made and becoming Brechin’s first statue.

Sir Robert Watson-Watt was born at 5 Union Street, Brechin, on April 13, 1892, and was educated at Damacre School in Brechin and Brechin High School. 

He graduated with a BSc in Engineering in 1912 from University College, Dundee which was then part of the University of St. Andrews. Following graduation he was offered an assistantship by Professor William Peddie who excited his interest in radio waves. His work during the Second World War provided the Royal Air Force with early warning radar that allowed the pilots to detect and intercept attacking German aircraft during the Battle of Britain. This was a pivotal moment for Britain and Watson-Watt’s contribution was recognized in 1942 with a Knighthood.

Steve Nicoll, Watson-Watt Society member, said: “This is a two part story and the headline is about finally being in a position with recent fund raising activities to have enough funding to commission the sculptor to complete his work.

“And that fantastic achievement has been made possible by the generosity of so many local people and organizations who have been carrying out amazing fund-raising to keep the vital money coming in and boost the total.

“The second part of the story has a a ‘however’ element to it and that is the realization that the Watson-Watt Society is still short of raising the total amount to get the statue moulded in bronze.

“Whilst it is hugely encouraging to finally get the sculptor working on the statue the final funding is not quite there yet.

“The Society is appealing to the community spirit that has been so crucial in recent months in raising funds for this exciting project. Every donation, no matter how small, will help towards realizing the total that will allow this project to be completed in 2014.

“The sculptor will take about three months to complete his casting work and another three for the moulding at Powderhall Bronze in Edinburgh.

“Other work needs to be completed ahead that requires funding, preparing the site, dressing the stone and erecting the plinth as well as landscaping in St Ninian’s Square. So although there is some time to raise the extra money we all know how quickly time can pass.

“There is such a positive community element to this project that it would be stunning if we could reach the finishing line helped by the people of Scotland.

Recent contributions from Brechiners Marion and Jess, Tom Church and the Brechin Arms have all raised funds that are helping make this milestone project a reality. Brechin High School will also be holding a fund raising concert on October 22 at 7.30 pm. Tickets are priced at £2.50 and all are welcome.

Any one interested in making a donation should visit the website. www. watsonwatt.org or contact the Secretary, Brian Mitchell on 01356 624356, bmitch@mmitch58.wandoo.co.uk or the Treasurer, Mike Holland on 01356 624053, jennifermholland@hotmail.com