The idea of revamping the war memorial came from former Falkirk Provost Pat Reid.
He formed a committee with local historian Ian Scott, former architect Morris Robb, businessman Douglas Cameron, Tom McMorrow of the RAF Air Cadets, Cllrs Gary Bouse, John Patrick and Provost Billy Buchanan and Major Jim Bain to help develop the project.
Support also came from Falkirk Council – which owns the park – from Friends of Dollar Park and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders’ Association, as well as many individuals, including Gillian Gardner from Falkirk Trinity Church and Clare Mennim.
The Friends group also gained strong support of the local media, including The Falkirk Herald newspaper.
WORKING WITH LOCAL FIRMS
The Friends – a registered charity – commissioned an almost entirely local team to carry out the works on the memorial.
The main contractor has been C.A.M.S. Construction Scotland, based at Redding Industrial Estate.
Also involved in the project were:
- Quality Masonry Services of Dalderse Avenue, Falkirk;
- Falkirk Stonemasons of Bankside Industrial Estate, Falkirk;
- TBB Architecture, based in the town’s Cockburn Street;
- Sterling Precast, based in Stirling; and
- The Helix Building Consultancy Ltd – quantity surveyors – based in Lenzie.
The project has also been given extensive support by the Eden Consultancy Group in Falkirk – designing the name plaques for the site itself, as well as materials to help promote the campaign.