Cairnbulg memorial statue to be unveiled this month

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An Invercairn memorial statue to commemorate those who have lost their lives at sea will be unveiled at the end of this month.

The statue, to be placed at Shore Street in Cairnbulg, will be uncovered at a public ceremony on March 27 at 2pm.

The Invercairn Flute band will commence proceedings at 1:45pm and play a medley of tunes until the official opening time.

Fraserburgh Lifeboat will also be in attendance for the occasion and there will be a dedication to the statue from the Peterhead Mission Superintendent.

The project to build the memorial statue was initiated by Invercairn Community Council who started fundraising last year.

Mike Summers, who is heavily involved in the project, said: “There was feeling that the community over the years had lost a lot of people to the sea.

“The Invercairn Community Council wanted to recognise this.”

To help get the project get started the Invercairn Gala loaned the Community Council £15,000 with the project as a whole estimated to cost around £30,000.

The money needed to erect the monument was then raised through the charity of local businesses and fundraising events such as the Invercairn Gala.

Mr Summers said: “The Invercairn Community Council would like to thank all those who donated to the appeal which has been years in the planning but only in the last 12 months sprung into life.

“To raise over £30,000 mainly from local donations is a remarkable achievement and shows how warranted this monument is for the community.”

After the ceremony the community council has invited all attendees to the Invercairn Community hall for tea and a home bake.