Councillor condemns theft of Kirrie wreaths

Ronnie Proctor
Ronnie Proctor

Police Scotland is appealing for information after three poppy wreaths laid at the Kirriemuir War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday were stolen.

The theft has been condemned by Angus Councillor Ronnie Proctor who stated those responsible “should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.”

He added: “I think this is completely disgraceful and the culprits should be made to realise the error of their ways.”

Mr Proctor said he and Fraser Brown visit local primary and secondary schools to give talks about the Great War.

He told us: “We give talks on the First World War and bring the war memorial to life.

“More and more people are attending the Remembrance Sunday events but it is so sad that this is the actions of a small, negative section. If only they would think what they are doing and that their parents realise what their children are doing. This is a very small mindless group of people; the majority of the kids are good.”

He explained that one of the names on the war memorial is that of 16-year-old Kirriemuir soldier Alexander Wallace.

He continued: “I visited his grave in Flanders last year October. He died of his wounds at the age of 16 - probably three years older than the children who did this.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We are aware of the matter and officers are making enquiries. Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.”