Local mason and sculptor Tom Church has restored the gravestone in Pitlochry of Sir Robert Watson-Watt, the Brechin born radar pioneer.
Robin Thorburn, a great nephew of Watson-Watt, had approached Tom on hearing of the state of his relative’s gravestone and asked him to clean up the stone. A committee member of the Watson-Watt Society of Brechin had recently visited the site and had been appalled by the poor condition of the stone.
The Society’s secretary, Brian Mitchell, said that over the last few years several comments from visitors to the graveside regarding the poor state of the stone have been received . ‘While we sympathised greatly with their comments we were powerless to do anything about the matter and we now greatly appreciate that Robin contracted Tom who has made the stone look like new.’
Tom is a very well known sculptor in stone – particularly for his ‘Braveheart’ sculpture – and is, coincidently, a great supporter of the Society’s attempts to raise cash adding over £1300 to its funds by opening his studio and yard to the public for a week last year.
Robin, an Edinburgh resident, has visited Powderhall Foundry in Leith to see Alan B. Herriot’s statue of Sir Robert Watson-Watt which is currently in storage while the Society continues to raise funds for the plinth and transport of the statue to its site in Brechin’s St. Ninian’s Square. He thinks that it is a superb piece of work that does justice to Sir Robert.
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Holy Trinity Church, Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross, Scotland