A Highland sculptor who created one of Scotland’s most iconic artworks has been commemorated at the site of his masterpiece.
Scott Sutherland from Wick crafted the Commandos monument near Fort William which attracts thousands of admirers each year.
It has become a sacred site for military personnel who have now given him greater recognition.
It is 70 years this week since Scott Sutherland’s stunning tribute to Britain’s Commando forces was unveiled.
The ex serviceman was a modest man. After his clay models were transformed into a bronze masterpiece and shown to the world he was there for the unveiling ceremony but shy. He had to be coerced by the visiting Queen Mother to come out of the shadows.
Dave Matthews, Commando Association said: “He was so reluctant, she had to drag him – or get one of her men to drag him – out of the crowd.
“He didn’t want to be seen in the public eye. His family are also very private, and we respect that.
“By doing this, it ensures that his legacy goes on.”
Commandos past and present gathered at the Spean Bridge site to do just that this week, (SEP 27) unveiling their own tribute to his memory in the form of a plaque.
Sgt Shane Hedley of 45 Commando Royal Marine said: “It’s an absolute honour and a privilege, being the only serving member of the Royal Marine Commandos, the only serving member of the armed forces here today, for the unveiling of the memorial and also the 70th anniversary of the Commandos memorial itself.”
The Commandos were Churchill’s creation in 1942. They were put through their paces at nearby Achnacarry.
The sculptor died in his seventies, in 1984. His work lives on, attracting millions of people from around the world.
There’ll be further plaque unveilings in the coming months.
The new addition at Spean Bridge is the first in a “Commando heritage trail” to honour Scott Sutherland and the heroic regiment, at several locations.
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