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By Fiona Reid
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War memorials excel in best kept contest

FOUR war memorials in Annandale and Eskdale have received accolades in a national competition.

The various memorials triumphed in this year’s Royal British Legion Scotland’s Area Best Kept War Memorial Competition.

The Hoddom memorial in Ecclefechan won the New Entry category, pictured above; Gretna Parish War Memorial at Gretna Green was the winner in the Small Communities without Gardens; and commendations were given to Langholm and Moffat, as well as Dalbeattie.

The winners will now go forward for the national competition covering the whole of Scotland.

Commenting on the success, Legion area secretary Archie Dryburgh said: “The standard of war memorials in Dumfries and Galloway compared to some other areas in this year’s competition was head and shoulders above and this was due to communities and the council working together to show off their memorials.

“The seven different categories make the competition each year harder and harder to judge but our two judges were very well informed and both had backgrounds in parks and cemeteries which gave me confidence the judging would be fair.

“Coming from the area and also being the council’s Armed Forces Champion, I am extremely proud of our communities and I hope they get involved with the council’s own war memorial competition which will be judged in September this year.”

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