Angel under wraps for now

Cupar's war memorial angel under wraps. (Photo by Dave Scott)
Cupar's war memorial angel under wraps. (Photo by Dave Scott)
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The conservation work to Cupar War Memorial is now approaching its final stage.

The architect in charge of the renovation, Tom Morton, said the structure was wrapped up recently to allow for extensive damage to the copes of the retaining walls caused by corroding metal, to be repaired.

The works, which also involve fitting a new door, are expected to be complete by the end of October.

He said: “Heritage projects often produce surprising connections and we were delighted to be contacted by the daughter of the model for the angel statue, who we have kept informed of the repairs.

“It must be unusual to see your mother in such a setting, especially with such magnificent wings. The lady is rather elderly now, but we do hope she might come to visit when the work is complete.’

Ross Tulloch, lead professional with Fife Council property services, said: “We are delighted to be nearing completion on this project, which is the culmination of several years’ effort by a number of groups including Cupar Community Council and Fife Council area management, as well as property services, ARC Architects and Dave Carstairs. The standard of workmanship has been superb.

“Having had the privilege of being close up to the statue during the works, I’ve been astounded by the quality of the original sculpture.

“The cleaning and restoration works show this in a way that won’t have been apparent for a long time. We are all delighted to have been associated with this project and to have had the chance to contribute to conserving such an important part of Cupar’s heritage.”