Brechin will welcome a royal visitor next month for the unveiling of the monument to the town’s father of radar, Sir Robert Watson-Watt.
September 3 will see the Princess Royal carry out the ceremony at the Angus town’s only public statue, erected in mid-May after a fundraising campaign by enthusiasts in the town’s Watson-Watt Society.
The bronze was created by Scots sculptor Alan Herriot and has been sited in St Ninian’s Square, near the town library.
Society secretary Brian Mitchell said the group was honoured to have the princess perform the unveiling on a historically significant day.
“September 3 1939 was the date the UK Government declared war on Nazi Germany,” said Mr Mitchell.
Watson-Watt, born in Union Street, Brechin, led the team that developed the RADAR (Radio Detection And Ranging) defence system built along the east and south coasts. The team created a system ahead of its time and was crucial to the defeat of the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain.
Despite repeated suggestions to honour the town’s famous son, only a small plaque on the building where he was born marked Watson-Watt’s connection until the society emerged from a public meeting in 2006. A fundraising drive was set in motion but the effort was hit by the financial downturn. Society members stuck to the task, however, raising the required 80,000.