Cairnbulg memorial statue unveiled

THE STATUE AT CAIRNBULG.(DUNCAN BROWN)
THE STATUE AT CAIRNBULG.(DUNCAN BROWN)

An Invercairn statue to commemorate those who have lost their lives at sea has been unveiled at a ceremony in Cairnbulg.

Invercairn Community Council unveiled the statue to a crowd of more than 200 people from the local and wider area at the ceremony on Sunday, March 27.

David Gammack, Invercairn Community Council secretary, said: “Invercairn CC are absolutely delighted with the statue which now takes pride of place on Shore Street Cairnbulg and greatly enhances an already picturesque location in our community.

“We would also like to especially thank all those that have contributed towards the funding of the statue as we have been overwhelmed by the generosity and support of the local and wider community.”

The statue was unveiled by Jean Ross who is a founding member of Invercairn Community Council and still very much involved with the council and the community.

Steve Murray, Superintendent of the Peterhead Fishermens Mission dedicated the statue and a minute’s silence was then held commencing with a flare from Fraserburgh Lifeboat which took up station offshore.

The ceremony continued with those present singing ‘Eternal Father Strong to Save’ before the Invercairn Flute Band led attendees to the Invercairn Community Hall for light refreshments.

Now standing on Shore Street in Cairnbulg, David Buchan, of Invercairn Community Council explained how the statue had been funded by donations from local residents, businesses and with some grant funding by Aberdeenshire Council.

Speaking before the unveiling Mike Summers, who was involved in the project, 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.”