The memory of Staffin’s fallen heroes is not being allowed to simply fade away.
Concerns about the condition of the local war memorials prompted the community to step in and now the names of those who died protecting their country are once again there to be clearly seen by all.
For a specialist power wash and the re-lettering of the fallen soldiers’ names on Staffin’s two war memorials – by the Kilmartin River and at Valtos – has been carried restoring them to a pristine condition and ensuring that the names of those who fell, live on
Stewart Bain and Ronnie Sutherland of Dingwall-based monumental sculptors John Hood & Son were in Staffin to carry out the work at the memorials, which remember the local men who never returned to the district following the Boer, First and Second World Wars.
Prior to last year’s Remembrance Sunday services, there was a community clean-up of the area around the Staffin War Memorial, which saw trees cut back so the structure could be viewed more easily from the main road.
General overgrown vegetation was also cleared. The names on both memorials had also faded.
The Staffin Community Trust and Staffin Community Council received almost £1,000 last year from Highland Council to create and install a granite plaque at the Staffin memorial to remember the American victims of the Beinn Edra air crash. SCT approached the local authority to see if funding from a war memorials fund, introduced to mark the 100th anniversary of WWI’s outbreak, could again be sourced.