WILLIAM Wallace will once again stand proudly over Stirling, after a “challenging” seven-month restoration project was completed.

The 132-year-old, 14ft bronze statue on the National Monument had been removed for the first time ever to have work done by specialists.

Stirling Council invested an estimated £260,000 in the essential repairs. Having been taken to Wigan-based firm Lost Art for repair work, Wallace is now back on the corner of the 220ft-high tower.

Stirling Council leader Scott Farmer said: “After a challenging and complex project involving a number of different specialists, it is fantastic to see this magnificent statue of William Wallace restored to its former glory and standing proudly over Stirling once again on the National Monument.”

The work formed part of the overall exterior restoration project at the attraction, which is being funded by the council and is expected to total £515,000.