Memorial will remember Camelon’s war fallen

Work is well underway for construction of Camelon War Memorial
Work is well underway for construction of Camelon War Memorial

A long-awaited new cenotaph to commemorate a village’s war dead will be unveiled later this month.

The Camelon War Memorial Project has been almost ten years in the planning but at noon on Saturday, April 23 it will be formally dedicated.

Construction work is currently underway on a grassy area close to Lock 16 on the Forth and Clyde Canal, bordered by Glenfuir Road and Port Downie.

It will list the names of the people from the Camelon area who died in 20th century conflicts.

A parade of the Armed Forces, British Legion and bands will march through the village to the new memorial site prior to the official ceremony.

The project, which was the brainchild of Camelon councillors Gerry and Dennis Goldie, has seen a team of dedicated residents work tirelessly to compile the list of names of the war dead and select a suitable site for the memorial.

The design was chosen almost eight years ago after Forth Valley College students were asked to come up with a suitable blueprint for the monument.

Shirley Ann McMillan’s plan for seven ‘folded’ obelisks bearing the names of the dead was finally selected as the most fitting and eye-catching memorial.

Councillor Gerry Goldie said: “The compass section is now almost complete and thanks to the efforts and generosity of many local people and businesses we will have a fitting memorial to all those who laid down their lives in service of their country.”