Top award for Methlick war memorial

Methlick war memorial.
Methlick war memorial.

Methlick’s war memorial has picked up a leading award in an annual campaign run by Legion Scotland (Royal British Legion Scotland).

The village landmark was named best Small Community with Gardens at the Best Kept War Memorial awards.

Representatives from the local branch will be presented with the trophy on behalf of all its members at a special ceremony in Edinburgh next week.

Legion Scotland has run the awards for more than 40 years as part of its remembrance programme. The competition encourages communities to look after their war memorial in tribute to those in their area who died while serving their country.

Mike McLellan, Methlick branch chairman, said: “Our war memorial is a fitting tribute to the local service men and women who gave their lives for our country.

“It is a reminder of the sacrifice many people in our area made in order to protect the lives of future generations and it’s important that we ensure it is looked after and well kept.

“To win this award is fantastic and we were delighted to receive it.”

The awards consist of six other categories: Champion of Champions, Large Community with Gardens, War Memorial without Gardens, Satellite War Memorial with Gardens, Satellite War Memorial without Gardens and New Entry.

Legion Scotland’s chief executive officer Kevin Gray said: “We always get a fantastic response from our local branches for the Best Kept War Memorial competition and this year was no different.

“Remembrance is at the heart of what we do and war memorials are an important aspect of this. We congratulate all the winners for their efforts in preserving these historical landmarks to such a high standard.”

Legion Scotland is the largest ex-service membership charity in Scotland working at the heart of the veterans’ community.

With nearly 170 branches, 70 clubs and more than 33,000 members, it gives essential wellbeing and befriending services for all veterans - whether they left service yesterday or 50 years ago - as well as providing disablement pension advice, comradeship events, grants and remembrance services.