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New benches revealed at War Memorial

Royal British Legion Carnoustie Branch unveiled the new benches at the War Memorial in Carnoustie on Monday.  Pictured are from left - Murray Duguid, Angus Council Communities; Kirsty MacDonald; Jim Simpson, Chair of Carnoustie Community Council; Lindsay Martin, Branch Chairman of Royal British Legion Carnoustie Branch; Danny Downs, public Relations Officer for Royal British Legion Carnoustie Branch, and; Councillor Donald Morrison.

Royal British Legion Carnoustie Branch unveiled the new benches at the War Memorial in Carnoustie on Monday. Pictured are from left - Murray Duguid, Angus Council Communities; Kirsty MacDonald; Jim Simpson, Chair of Carnoustie Community Council; Lindsay Martin, Branch Chairman of Royal British Legion Carnoustie Branch; Danny Downs, public Relations Officer for Royal British Legion Carnoustie Branch, and; Councillor Donald Morrison.

Hard work, public generosity and a mysterious benefactor were behind the unveiling of new benches at Carnoustie War Memorial yesterday (Monday).

A brand new set of smart black benches officially replaced the older, worn models which had served the War Memorial on Carnoustie High Street.

The project to renovate the benches was undertaken by the Carnoustie branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland, but two separate donations to the branch covered the costs.

The first was from a collection taken at the funeral of former branch member David A. Hay who passed away last year, and after consulting his wife, it was decided to use the money for one of the two benches and dedicate it to his memory.

The second bench was paid for by a legacy left by the late Miss Mavis Aitken. Lynsey Martin, chair of the Carnoustie branch said: “Miss Mavis Aitken left the Carnoustie branch of the RBLS a handsome legacy and we decided in remembrance of her that we would buy one of the seats from her money and put her name on it.

“We think she was a despatch rider at Barry Buddon during the war so we wanted to remember her. The whole of the branch has also been renovated with the money that she left us.”

 

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