Sculpture hails past and future

Monifieth’s industrial past and vibrant future were honoured this week with the installation of a unique piece of sculpture in the town centre.

The eight-foot wire statue of a welder by artist Stuart Turnbull was unveiled outside Tesco Monifieth on Tuesday evening.

It was gifted to the store by a consortium consisting of Monifieth businesspeople, Dr Andrina McCormack and John Whyte, former town councillor; and Monifieth Eco Force, previously Monifieth Eco Fest, as part of their attempts to improve the town in which they live.

Dr Andrina McCormack unveiled the statue and gave a brief speech on Monifieth’s industrial heritage. She said: “Tesco sits on the site of the old Low Foundry and it used to employ 300 people in Monifieth at it’s height.

“The Dighty Burn was the busiest mill-serving river in Europe, so it’s already quite a famous wee site.

“It was bought by a few people in Monifieth, businesspeople and professionals, who have donated it to Tesco so that the community can see it.”

Stewart Ellis, representing Monifieth Eco Force, said: “What we are trying to do and what we’ve been trying to do for years is actively promote Monifieth as the coastal gateway for Angus. Tesco is the main employer in Monifieth now and it’s really good to have this statue in a prominent place.”

Tesco Monifieth has recently been refurbished and was relaunched this week with the statue taking a welcome place in the new look. Manager Lorraine McNicoll said: “As part of the community in Monifieth we’re very honoured to accept this gift.”