Pride of place - Cupar memorial restored to former glory

The restored 'Angel' at Cupar's War Memorial (Photo by Dave Scott)
The restored 'Angel' at Cupar's War Memorial (Photo by Dave Scott)

After months of painstaking restoration Cupar’s magnificent ‘Angel’ War Memorial has been returned to its former glory.

The project to clean up the bronze and granite landmark is almost complete .

Former Cupar Community Council chairman Dave Carstairs, who instigated the project so the memorial would be renovated for First World War commemorations, said he was extremely pleased with the work.

“The stonework isn’t quite finished but the angel looks great; the standard of workmanship is very high and they have made a huge difference.”

Tom Morton from Arc Architects, the Cupar firm which oversaw the works, said: “The restoration of the bronze and granite memorial has gone fantastically well, with the painstaking conservation processes proving very successful in removing layers of dirt and staining.

“There will be some stone repairs undertaken in the coming weeks to complete the project, which will require temporary protective covering of the statue.

“The project has been a great example of a public project instigated by the community, and delivered by Fife Council, with the support of the War Memorial Trust. Cuparians can look forward to further improvements in their town over the coming years, with the delivery of the Townscape Heritage Initiative.”

North East Fife MSP Roderick Campbell said: “I am delighted that the covers have been removed from the War Memorial and it is taking its rightful place once again.

“The War Memorial is a poignant reminder of the losses Cupar suffered in the First World War and it was a shame to see it in a declining state of repair. Part of the funding for improvements and repairs to be made to the War Memorial came from a £103,535 fund made available by the Scottish Government.”