Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson has welcomed the news that the Scottish Government is to provide additional funding for Scotland’s war memorials in readiness for the anniversary of the First World War through a new fund being made available to communities across the country.

The additional £1 million for the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund could pay for the upgrade and maintenance of memorials in Falkirk district that pay tribute to those who gave their lives during both world wars and other conflicts.

Mr Matheson said

“2014 will be a significant year as this will mark with 100th year since the start of the First World War and it is right to commemorate the sacrifice of servicemen and women who paid the ultimate price in defence of our country.

”Local war memorials, in Falkirk, Larbert, Denny, Bonnybridge and Longcroft pay tribute to those fallen and will be an important part of the commemorations in communities the length and breadth of this area during 2014.

“I am pleased of the launch of the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund, which will offer grants to those who care for these important monuments for works to be carried out.