Memorial seats unveiled by RBL

Benches to honour ware dead unveiled in Newton Mearns
Benches to honour ware dead unveiled in Newton Mearns

Two ornate benches to commemorate the World Wars have been unveiled at the memorial site in Newton Mearns.

The project was led by the local branch of the British Legion and supported by a contribution from East Renfrewshire Council’s Community Grants Scheme.

Over the past few years much work has been done to make the memorial site on Ayr Road a fitting reminder of the area’s fallen heroes.

By securing the necessary funds to commission the creation of these benches, the area has now been further enhanced in time for Remembrance Sunday.

Councillor Mary Montague, Convener for Community Services, said: “The council has a number of grant schemes in place to assist community and voluntary organisations with their activities. I’m delighted we have been able to support this extremely worthwhile project As residents gather to pay their respects at the Remembrance Sunday service they will have an opportunity to see these beautiful benches which are now in place.”

A short launch event was held on Friday 4 November, with Jim Neary, chairman of the Newton Mearns Branch of the British Legion, in attendance along with local councillors Ian McAlpine and Barbara Grant.

Mr Neary said: “I am delighted that these benches are now in place and cannot thank East Renfrewshire Council enough for their support with this important project.”