Leven plans for Arnhem tribute taking shape

Polish scottish friendship memorial in festival gardens Leven
Polish scottish friendship memorial in festival gardens Leven
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Leven Community Council’s plans for a memorial weekend to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem are beginning to take shape, with less than six months until the event.

The council is in the process of firming up plans for the three-day event in September, which looks set to include a Polish market, educational workshops, WW2 vehicles and the unveiling of a David Mach sculpture in tribute to those who fought in the battle.

And next Wednesday, the council will present its plans to elected members at the Levenmouth area committee, with a view to securing £75,000 of funding to pay for the Mach artwork and the event itself.

As well as a request for 50 per cent of funding from the Leven Common Good Fund, councillors will also hear a report requesting the remainder of the £75,000 be funded from the area budget.

Speaking at the community council meeting held last week, Dave Paterson, area services manager, said he had recommended that councillors approve both reports, and assured community council members that both reports were “favourable” to the council.

If the applications are approved, work on the memorial sculpture can start almost immediately, and community council chairman Alistair Suttie said David Mach was keen to get started.

“I’ve had emails from David asking when the money will be available so I think he is keen to make a start on the sculpture.”

The Mach masterpiece, which will sit in the Fesitval Gardens, will feature a tribute to the 1st Independent Polish Parachute Brigade, which trained at Largo House, and fought in the Battle of Arnhem under General Stanisław Sosabowski.

Leven Community Council will host it’s AGM on May 8. Anyone interested in taking part is welcome to come along.