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Well done to war memorial team

LOCHMABEN’S war memorial has been announced as the joint winner of a regional competition.

A total of 14 entries across four categories were received, judged by councillors and a representative of the Royal British Legion Scotland.

And Lochmaben were named joint winners with Dalbeattie.

This is the 100th anniversary of The Royal British Legion Scotland and one of the council’s contributions to this centenary is to provide funding to community groups to improve their war memorials.

Improvements to the burgh memorial were co-ordinated and driven forward by community council member Carol Rogerson.

During the summer months Carol involved her five grandchildren in the war memorial project, as well as her husband Andrew.

Speaking this week, she said: “Lochmaben Community Council is absolutely delighted to have received this recognition for the work on the Lochmaben war memorial earlier this year.

“We are incredibly proud of all those from our royal burgh who served their country, and feel that care-taking of this monument is the least we can do in their memory.

“It would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers and helpers of all ages, as well as the kindness and generosity of local businesses who gave their time and materials.

“We also would like to congratulate the community in Dalbeattie, which was named as joint winner.”

Cllr Archie Dryburgh, the council’s Armed Forces Champion, said: “The brave men and women whose names are listed on these memorials are long gone but, in many cases their descendants are still in that town or village. Even where there are no relatives anymore, it was clear from our visits that there is enormous respect for their memory in the way the memorials are looked after. It shows Dumfries and Galloway cares deeply about our armed forces.”

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