Decision taken on Denny war memorial move

The 2012 Remberance Day service was the last to be held in Church Walk
The 2012 Remberance Day service was the last to be held in Church Walk

The memorial to the men from Denny and Dunipace who died fighting in two world wars will be temporarily relocated as Church Walk is demolished.

The five plaques listing the burgh’s fallen will be re-erected at Broompark Community Hall in Davies Row for a period of three years.

Church Walk in Stirling Street, where the memorial currently stands, is being flattened as part of Falkirk Council’s plan to breathe new life into the town centre.

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It is envisaged that the memorial, which was originally located in Denny Old cemetery, will be given a permanent home in the new public square that will be built at Denny Cross once the existing Lloyds TSB building is demolished.

Falkirk Council worked with a panel of local veterans in deciding where the plaques should be moved to as the work is carried out.

However, there are some in the community that feel Broompark is not a suitable venue for the town’s annual Remembrance service.

One Denny resident, who has several members of his family listed on the memorial, said: “Broompark is not a suitably respectful place for the memorial.

“It may have once been a church, but its graveyard is now a car park and the building is now more associated with keep-fit classes.”

Community councillor Colin Belbin said: “I have concerns that Broompark is too confined a space. It could be a struggle to have 300 people assembled there for the Remembrance Day service.”

A Falkirk Council spokeswoman said: “The relocation of the war memorial to Broompark is a temporary move for the period of the works taking place in the town centre.

“The choice of Broompark came about following work undertaken by a group of war veterans from Denny. It is a good choice due to its central position, close to the existing site and it will improve an important public space in the centre of the town.

“In addition the temporary location is a larger dedicated space than the current site.

“A full consultation will take place on the final siting and design for the war memorial to coincide with the completion of the works in the town centre.”