Community bid succeeds in making sure Cupar War Memorial is accessible to all

Iconic landmark completed thanks to local support

A bid to have handrails installed at Cupar War Memorial to allow everyone to pay their respects at the iconic landmark, has been finally realised thanks to help from across the community.

Former Cupar Community Council chairman Dave Carstairs led the bid after realising that despite extensive refurbishment, the area around the War Memorial still needed to be made more accessible for visitors with mobility issues.

Mr Carstairs approached his local MP, Stephen Gethins, and Cupar Community Council for help to take the project forward and raise nearly £3500 to cover the cost.

Mr Carstairs said: “It was great to have the Memorial restored to its former glory but I realised that we had not taken account of how we could accommodate people with mobility issues. Taking part in Remembrance and wreath-laying ceremonies I had some personal experience of people having difficulty with the steps and started to think about how we could get handrails installed.

“I am very grateful for the support I have received, particularly from Stephen Gethins’ office and Cupar and District Community Council. We are also indebted to Thorntons Law, Kingdom Housing Association, the Bruce Charitable Trust, Caring for Cupar and GMB Public Services for their generous donations, as well as to Fife Councillors for approving funds from the locality budget, and the Community Council for its support.”

Mr Carstairs added: “I am very pleased that local firms Arc architects, Cupar, Swan Engineering Ltd of Auchtermuchty, and St Andrews Stone Carving in Guardbridge, were supportive of the project and carried out excellent work.”

On behalf of Cupar Community Council, Robert Graham said he was pleased to help with the project and ensure the War Memorial was fit for everyone who wished to visit.

Stephen Gethins MP said: “I am very pleased to have been able to help ensure this very important project went ahead and very grateful to local firms including Thorntons and Kingdom Housing Association, as well as Caring for Cupar and the administrators of the Bruce Charitable Trust, for their financial support. I know that Mr Carstairs has worked really hard on ensuring the War Memorial is fit for generations to come and I congratulate him on his persistence with this project.”

Margaret Allan, Partner in the Cupar office of Thorntons said: “Thorntons is proud to lend its support to causes in our local communities and we are delighted to see the new railings in place.  This will greatly assist those with mobility issues to pay their respects as they wish.”

Bill Banks, Kingdom Housing Association’s Chief Executive, said: “Everyone involved with the War Memorial project should be congratulated, it demonstrates the positive outcomes can that can be delivered through communities working together. Kingdom is very pleased to have been able to help support the initiative.”

Stephen Gethins MP is pictured above with constituent Dave Carstairs and Gina Logan, chair of Cupar Community Council, as well as representatives of the local businesses and organisations which supported the fundraising campaign.