Jim McGovern calls on Dundee City Council to commemorate Black Watch sacrifice

Dundee West MP Jim McGovern has called on Dundee City Council to commemorate the sacrifice of The Black Watch during the First World War by purchasing a model of a recently unveiled statue.

The model is a small scale prototype of the statue unveiled in Belgium in May. The full-sized statue was placed in Black Watch corner near to Ypres, marking the location where in 1914 the regiment was involved in heavy fighting against the German army.

Mr McGovern was invited as a guest of The Black Watch Veterans Association to be present at the unveiling.

Jim McGovern said;

The importance of The Black Watch to the communities of Dundee, Tayside, Fife and Perth over the past three centuries is difficult to overstate. I can think of no better moment to commemorate that than the centenary of the start of the First World War.

“The ceremony and unveiling of The Black Watch statue near to Ypres in Belgium was a moving experience, and I believe a fitting memorial. It is important that this should be reflected by a gesture at home.”

To do so I think Dundee City Council should purchase the original miniature model on which the full-size statue was based. That way it can be displayed in the city chambers for the public to see. Dundonians will then be able to appreciate the memorial without necessarily having to travel to Belgium.

I have written to David Dorward about this, but he was unfortunately unconvinced by this idea. I hope that the public will let the council know their feelings and hopefully his mind will be changed.