Pitches named for Provost

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A landslide public vote will see a set of much-needed community football pitches named in honour of one of the project’s staunchest supporters.

The results were announced at midnight on Monday that the new pitches adjacent to Carnoustie High School would be named after the late Provost of Angus, Helen Oswald.

A total of 805 votes were cast and 70.7 per cent (569 votes) of those were for Oswald Park.

Also in the running were Hope Park with 129 votes (16 per cent) and Panmure Park with 107 votes (13.3 per cent).

Phil Hope, chairman of Carnoustie Panmure SCIO, said: “The club is delighted that the new Youth football park on David Moyes Road will be named in memory of the late Angus Provost Helen Oswald who served the community so well.

“She worked tirelessly behind the scenes to help local community clubs like ourselves and opened so many doors for us for funding.

“Without her hard work the project would never have received the funding we so badly needed.

“The new park will host the high school-age youth teams, providing two new 11-a-side well-drained, fenced off grass pitches.

“The club will now start the process of fundraising to provide the much needed toilets and changing facilities.”

Currently the site is undergoing a thorough archaeological investigation.

It follows the discovery of a settlement and artefacts of possible Bronze or Iron Age provenance.

It is hoped that work can begin on the pitches next year.