Fort William Legion hopes to clean up in competition

WAR MEMORIAL CLEAN UP Members of the Fort William Branch of Legion Scotland at their clean up of the War Memorial on the Parade. PICTURE IAIN FERGUSON, THE WRITE IMAGE

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Members of the Fort William branch of Royal British Legion Scotland are hoping the town’s war memorial can pick up a top prize in the RBLS 2017 Best Kept competition for a third year.

The war memorial has won the Highlands and Islands area competition the past two years and now the group’s 70 members are going for the treble.

In the past, the memorial has been marked down in the national stage of the competition due to mildew on the statue, and so it was decided that this year it would get a spring clean.

A group of 12 volunteers have been hard at work cleaning up the memorial to get it ready for judging this month.

Chairman of the Fort William branch Kevin Lane said he has his fingers crossed they can win the area competition this year and progress to the nationals.

He said: ‘The clean-up went extremely well and the monument looks immaculate. It was a real community effort.

‘I would like to thank David Brady who organised the work, Campbell Plant Hire for the loan of the elevated work platform (EWP), the Garden Stop for their very kind donation of white chipped granite stones, the town team for the work that they will now do to complete the floral displays, Dean Kennedy and his work party for the loan of the pressure washer and Callum Ross, who is not a branch member, but freely gave of his time to support us and who operated the EWP.’