Fort William legion thanks those who made memorial bench a reality

MEMORIAL BENCHES Kevin Lane (centre) presented certificates to the many organisations who contributed towards the war memorial benches in Fort William Parade. Photograph: Iain Ferguson,

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Fort William and District Branch of Royal British Legion Scotland held a special ceremony on Sunday to present certificates to everyone involved in the Fort William WW1 And WW2 Memorial Bench Project.

Following the AGM and prior to making the presentations, Lt Col Kevin F Lane MBE, the branch president, said it was very much a community project and, although headed by the Fort William and District Branch, Royal British Legion Scotland, it could not be achieved without the aid of those who supported it.

He said: ‘The cost for the benches was £2,214 and originally they branch were not confident they could raise this amount within their given time frame of Remembrance Day 2019. However, they were totally amazed by the generosity of those involved, which meant they had achieved their target by the end of August 2019 and had exceeded it by the end of October 2019.’

He said he was humbled by their generosity and willingness to participate in such an important project; and that, no matter what happens elsewhere in the country, the people of Lochaber do hold the fallen and their veterans in high esteem.

He then thanked everyone for making this possible and presented those attending  with their certificate. They were: The Highland Council; The Inverness Grand Lodge of the Freemasons; Morrison’s Plumbers; Paula McGaskill; Danny and Margaret Munro; MOWI; Fort William Town Team; Fion Construction and John McLellans Undertakers.

Those not able to attend, but whose involvement was equally important, were: Lochaber Building Supplies (LBS); Moidart Trust (Angus MacDonald); Jake Porter; Libby Porter; Anne Whitehead; B Wilson; D MacGilvary; The Lochy Bar; D Calder and The COOP (Caol).

After receiving their certificate, John McLellans informed the audience that had been running  a sponsored programme for veterans and that has a result made a donation to the branch to support them in their work.