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Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park

Anniversary of Captain John Lauder commemorated

Lauder Monument restoration and access improvements were complete in time for a special event commemorating the 102nd anniversary of the death of Sir Harry Lauder's son, Captain John Lauder, in WW1.

There was a large turnout of people who came along to mark the completion of a 3 year project to restore the Lauder Monument at Invernoaden in Argyll that was originally unveiled in 1921 by world famous entertainer Sir Harry Lauder in memory of his son.

The £25,000 project, coordinated by the Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, also involved the creation of a new car park, along with a new path link, upgrading an existing steep path with stone steps and safety railings, and the installation of two story boards and signs.

Funding for the project was secured from two Landfill Trusts and the Friend of OUR park visitor giving scheme, and to ensure the project was completed in time many hundreds of hours of voluntary labour was generously provided.

Local youngsters contributed to the commemorative event with a series of drawings depicting the tragic Lauder Story adorning the ornate railngs aroung the monument, and poignant letter and poetry readings as well as musical tributes on the bagpipes including battle of the Somme.

There was also a wreath laying by Major Donald MacLaughlan and a rededication of the monument by Rev Dr. Robin Mackenzie followed by the unveiling of a new storyboard by local MSP, Mike Russell.