Lochaber’s famous Commando Memorial fully re-opens to the public

The iconic Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge. NO F17 commando memorial
The iconic Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge. NO F17 commando memorial

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One of Lochaber’s most iconic landmarks is now fully reopen to visitors after an extensive programme of  clean-up work was carried out.

In the spring a six-week project costing £150,000 was started at the memorial, located just outside Spean Bridge.

Built in the 1950s, the monument, which will mark its 70th anniversary in the autumn, commemorates the Allied troops who trained for covert operations in the surrounding Lochaber hills and glens during the Second World War.

But it has also become a hallowed site of remembrance for Royal Marines who have served around the globe in the decades since the 1939-45 conflict, as well as fellow commandos from other European countries.

The bronze statue and plinth have now been cleaned, while repairs to flagstones surrounding the statue have also been carried out.

This week, Highland Council told the Lochaber Times that improvement works to both the Memorial Garden and statue are largely finished, with only some small elements remaining to be completed.

A council spokesperson explained: ‘All the tributes have been replaced in the garden and the whole site is now fully open to the public.’

Prior to works starting, all the tributes left by veterans and the families of marines and commandos, were photographed in situ, carefully removed and safely stored.

The local authority, together with the Royal Marines Charity, War Memorials Trust, Highland Council and Commando Association, have funded different elements of the improvements to the memorial garden as well as commissioning repairs and appropriate cleaning of the Grade-A listed sculpture.

Substantial donations from the public at the site have also made the work possible.

The work not only coincides with the 70th anniversary of the unveiling of the statue by The Queen Mother in 1952, but also the 80th anniversary of the Royal Marines taking on the Commando role in Britain’s armed forces.

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The iconic Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge.

NO F17 commando memorial