Planning permission for Mearns memorial

THE war memorial at Mearns Cross has received a boost ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

The Royal British Legion has been granted planning permission by East Renfrewshire council to improve the site.

This is part of a programme of improvements to the memorial, which began last year when floodlights were added to improve visibility at night.

This year, a historic wall will be built behind the cenotaph.

The wall will give people the opportunity to put plaques in memory of soldiers killed in action in recent years, in conflicts such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

The wall will cost in the region of £20,000, paid for by the Royal British Legion.

Jim Neery, chairman and chief trustee of the Royal British Legion Newton Mearns branch, was the man behind the memorial’s move from the old Mearns Primary site 15-years-ago.

He said: “It was neglected, the gate was always locked and there was no access. We had to climb over a ten foot fence to lay the wreath.

“Now, it is in a place of prominence, and those who have commemorate their loved ones have multiplied in the last few years.

“We want to encourage use so their memory can be preserved long after the British legion is not there”.

Newton Mearns councillor Ian McAlpine told The Extra: “It is extremely important that the war memorial continues to be improved as it is the only one of its kind in the Eastwood side of East Renfrewshire”.

Remembrance Sunday will be marked at the war memorial at Mearns Cross.

The parade leaves Fairweather Hall at 10.45am with the wreath-laying ceremony at 11am.

The Lord Lieutenant, Provost and council chief executive Lorraine McMillan will all be in attendance.

There will be East Renfrewshire councillors and other elected representatives, as well as uniformed organisations and other local community group.

All members of the public wishing to attend either service will be warmly welcomed.