Commando Memorial major overhaul complete

Tributes are now protected from the weather by a low wall. Photograph courtesy of The Highland Council.

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A major overhaul of the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge is complete, following its re-opening to the public earlier this month.

The renovation and extension to the memorial garden coincide with the 70th anniversary of the unveiling of the statue and the 80th anniversary of the Royal Marines taking the Commando role.

The statue and plinth have been cleaned and repairs to the majority of the flagstone surround are finished. The extension to the memorial garden has been completed, with tributes now protected from the weather by a wall. The large stone centrepiece came from the nearby Achnacarry Estate, where the first Commandos trained.

Working in partnership, The Highland Council, Commando Association, Royal Marines Association and the War Memorials Trust funded the improvements to the memorial garden as well as commissioning a full clean of the Grade A Listed sculpture.  Substantial donations from the public also helped make the work possible.

All partners thank the public for their patience while access was restricted. Some work   is still to be undertaken and a rededication service for the memorial garden will be held later in the year.

Photograph: Tributes are now protected from the weather by a wall. Photograph courtesy of The Highland Council. NO_F26_Commando Memorial Garden