NEW money has been pledged to restore war memorials across Scotland, it has emerged.

A total of 12 sites across the country will undergo specialist conservation and repair work thanks to £55,000 of grant funding to the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund by the War Memorials Trust.

Memorials in Fife, Perthshire, the Western Isles, East Lothian and the Highlands will all benefit, with £13,000 earmarked for major works to a statue in Prestonpans and other sums allocated for repairs to a memorial hall in Dairsie and repointing work in Lochgelly.

The restoration fund was launched by then-First Minister AlexSalmond in 2013 and the announcement comes ahead of Remembrance Day.

Frances Moreton, director of War Memorials Trust, said: “The centenary of World War I has so far seen communities across Scotland take advantage of this additional funding, to ensure their war memorials are in the best possible condition to mark the sacrifices of so many.

“With just two years left until Armistice Day 2018 we would encourage everyone to visit their local war memorial this Remembrance Day, check the condition of it, and get in touch with War Memorials Trust if you have any concerns.”