Friday, 30 August 2013

War Memorial Tour

Eight of us met for coffees before setting off on our run to visit War Memorials and gardens.
This was a rather more 'industrial' tour than our previous outings. The towns south of Stirling suffered greatly in both wars.
We had a TD, a Midget, an MGBGT and our own MGB.
Our first stop was at Doune:
This involved pulling over onto the paved area on the A820. We then reversed out onto the main road. Peter suggested later that we should rename the Run, the Dangerous Manouevres Run.
The Monument has dozens of names from the Great War as well as a few from WWII.

We drove on through Dunblane, passing the War Memorial down the hill near Allan Water before following the A9 to Bridge of Allan, where we stopped at the cash-point:
Then on to the Memorial Gardens.
 There's a forgotten War Memorial on the A907 at Causwayhead, here photographed by Morven as we passed by:
We drove to Dunipace on the A872– pausing  at the War Memorial RHS in churchyard and on to Denny, where the War Memorial  is on the wall on RHS:
At this stage we had already passed Memorials to hundreds of men who had died in the Great War and several dozens from WWII.

Our trip over the hills had us bowling along, (click on any image to enlarge):

The A803 took us to Kilsyth. and the Memorials in Burngreen. This is a quiet and beautiful park in an otherwise unglamorous town.
Well over a hundred names are recorded:
There are also two Memorials to Kilsyth bandsmen on the old bandstand, 18 men killed from just two local brass-bands:

Here are the names from The Kilsyth Town and Victoria Band, how evocative that these young men had once played together for leisurly, sunny Saturdays and then joined-up to fight for King and Country:
We drove on the A891 to Milton of Campsie, but decided against a photo on the pavement, Peter's comments were ringing in my ears:
Lennoxtown has a remarkable War Memorial in the shape of the cemetery gates. We couldn't stop for a photo, it was on the top of a hill, on double yellow lines.
Yet more young men from 1914-18.
At this stage we had passed over a thousand names...
We turned right onto the B822 for Fintry. A beautiful climb up the Campsies:
Culcreuch Castle for lunch. Good food but a pint of beer cost over four quid. Tap water next time.

Our return was by way of the B822 to Kippen, where the War Memorial is in style of Mercat Cross:
Then on to Stirling, where we passed the main War Monument and the Memorial at the Castle.

 Next month, we're off on holidays. Does anyone want to arrange the September Run?

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