PLANS to erect memorials in Stirling’s Raploch have been backed by elected reps.

Alyn Smith MP and Bruce Crawford MSP have thrown their weight behind proposals to commemorate the area’s war dead, and build a statue of Billy Bremner.

Raploch resident Mick Lowe discovered 62 members of the area's local community lost their lives in World War II – prompting the area’s community council to call for a memorial.

And calls for a tribute to Bremner, Stirling’s historic football legend, have been growing momentum since October last year – after Stirling Council announced a street would be named after him.

Bruce Crawford MSP said: “Raploch has a rich history of community spirit and identity, and I think it only fitting that this is celebrated.

“Raploch, and the whole of Stirling, paid a heavy toll during a great many wars - I could think of no better way to remember the fallen than with a dedicated Raploch memorial.

“Remembrance is important, and in that vein, I wholly support further plans to remember local football legend Billy Bremner with a dedicated statue.

“Both projects would make excellent additions to the streetscape and community.”

And Alyn Smith MP said: “These unprecedented times of crisis have revealed what’s important: family, friends and community.

“Through the construction of a war memorial, residents and visitors in Raploch will remember the great sacrifices of these brave community members who paid the ultimate price.

“The memorial, along with the proposed statue of Raploch’s football legend Billy Bremner, will be a great example of Raploch’s community spirit in action, standing proud for all to see.”