Statue work under way

Crichton Memorial Statue
Crichton Memorial Statue

WORK to restore the Crichton memorial statue in Cupar got under way this week.

Wear and tear over the years had left the statue in need of a new nose and hand, while it had also been blighted by graffiti and moss.

The project is being led by Cupar and North Fife Preservation Trust, with the work being carried out by Nicholas Boyes Stone Conservation of Edinburgh.

Funding was obtained from Fife Environment Trust, Fife Council, Tesco, Cupar Community Council and the Railway Preservation Society.

David Maitland Makgill Crichton of Rankeilour was an advocate, politician and active Free Church man born in 1801.

His memorial was erected in recognition of the efforts he made on behalf of Cuparians during the construction of the railway.

He persuaded the Railway Company to build a road bridge over the line instead of a level crossing.

The statue restoration project should take two to three weeks to complete.