Simple design works wonders for memorial

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The War Memorial in Laurencekirk has been fitted with a unique wreath ‘retainer’ to lessen the effects of the stormy winter weather.

The wrought-iron holder was the brainchild of the Rev. Ronnie Gall, of Laurencekirk Church of Scotland.

He explained: “The strong winter winds often blew the wreaths away from the memorial and meant frequent visits to keep things tidy.

“My idea for the holder was one of those simple ones that make you wonder why no-one thought of it before.”

Ronnie approached Eddie Petrie, of Scroll Products, Blackiemuir Avenue.

Together, Ronnie and Eddie worked on the retainer.

With Ronnie’s approval, Eddie designed, made and fitted the ironwork, all in time for Remembrance Sunday, in November 2014, the 100th anniversary year of the start of the Great War.

The elegant result, of the two men’s collaboration, incorporates an iconic poppy motif and is bolted to the stone body of the Laurencekirk War Memorial.

The Aberdeenshire Council area manager’s fund provided £300 towards the cost of the manufacture and installation of the unobtrusive structure, while the remaining £100 necessary was raised by Laurencekirk and District Rotary Club.

A delighted Ronnie said: “I’d really like to express my gratitude to absolutely everyone who came together to make this a reality.”