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An Edinburgh man says his family was disgusted when they discovered that someone had been using the flowerpot section of a bench erected in memory of his late mother in Glen Nevis as a firepit during the pandemic.
George Forsyth contacted the Lochaber Times to raise awareness that such incidents are taking place and told us it was not the first time his mother’s memorial bench had been desecrated.
‘We as a family have been coming to Fort William for more than 30 years. For that reason when my mother passed away in 2011 she asked for her ashes to be scattered here,’ Mr Forsyth told us.
‘At the time we liaised with Friends of Nevis and placed a solid granite memorial bench beside the curling rinks at the beginning of Glen Nevis. My father still comes twice every year with other family members to visit the site and pay respects to my late mother.
‘Unfortunately due to recent circumstances of the Covid pandemic we have been unable to attend for over a year and a half.
‘However, we managed to get there earlier this month, but we were extremely upset and disappointed to find on arrival that someone had been using the flowerpot section of the bench as a fire pit and not just once.
‘Unfortunately this is not the first instance, as only a couple of years after we placed the bench in situ we came for a visit on what was my parents anniversary to find someone had spread human excrement all over the seat.
‘We find it hard to understand when there is a plaque attached to the bench explaining why it is there, that anyone could defile or desecrate a memorial in such a way.
‘Thankfully, whilst there we were approached by a couple of gentlemen from Friends of Nevis and when we explained the circumstances they, too, were disgusted by someone’s actions in doing this.
‘They assured us that there were some rangers starting work in the next few weeks to look after the local area and they would keep any eye on the bench. This reassured my father and he said he looked forward to coming back in September knowing someone would be around to ensure the bench would hopefully be safe.’
And Mr Forsyth added: ‘We would like to make this latest incident public to maybe deter any future incidents from occurring. We all love coming here, but finding things like this have happened leaves us feeling disgusted.’