Memorial will remember village’s fallen

Latest stage of Camelon War Memorial construction
Picture: Michael Gillen
Latest stage of Camelon War Memorial construction Picture: Michael Gillen

A community will come together on Saturday to remember its war dead at the dedication of a new memorial.

Those from the Camelon area who fell in the First World War now have their names inscribed for posterity on the cenotaph on the banks of the Forth & Clyde Canal close to Lock 16.

A parade will leave from Nailer Road at 11.15am and make its way up Stirling Road, Main Street and Union Road to arrive at the war memorial for the dedication service at noon.

Taking part will be the Argyll and Sutherland Highlander’s Balaclava Pipe Band, Camelon Pipe Band, representatives from military and local organisations, schoolchildren, politicians and representatives from the local community.

Almost ten years in the planning, the design for the new commemorative site was by former Forth Valley College student Shirley Ann McMillan.

The organising committee then approached Morris Robb to seek help in providing architectural drawings and he is currently a trustee of the project which has charitable status.

A spokesperson for the committee said: “The last few weeks have been extremely busy on site and the assistance we’ve had from local companies has been absolutely fabulous.

“The hard physical labour on site was carried out by a handful of dedicated volunteers who ensured the site was ready for the delivery of the steel on the allotted date. Without their commitment our project may not have been completed on time.”

The steel for the giant plaques which bear the names was supplied by Lotus Steels Ltd, and bought with assistance from grants from Falkirk Environmental Trust and Falkirk Council.

Other companies donating services, materials and equipment include Lomond Plant Ltd, David Morton Demolition Ltd, Sterling Precast Ltd, farmer George Steel, Marshall Mono Ltd, Horizon Crane Hire and main contractor JL Joinery.