A MEMORIAL to commemorate loved ones who died during the Covid-19 pandemic has been unveiled at a Bannockburn crematorium.

The town's Stirlingshire Crematorium officially unveiled the memorial on Saturday, July 17, to provide a focal point for people to remember and reflect.

At the heart of the memorial is a polished black granite obelisk surrounded by wildflower planting, which incorporates all the colours of the rainbow.

The Westerleigh Group, which owns and runs the site, invited people of all ages and backgrounds to create a design for the stones across its 35 facilities with one chosen to represent each of its six regions.

Roger Mclaughlan, chief executive officer at the Westerleigh Group, said: “I’m proud that our Covid-19 memorial is now open for people to visit.

“So many communities have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Sadly, many families have lost loved ones, and our thoughts and sincere condolences go to them, first and foremost.

“We felt we needed to do something not only to remember those who passed away but also to honour others who did so many positive and selfless acts to support people and bring their communities closer together.”

The Stirlingshire Crematorium obelisk design was created by Poppy Lunn, who entered the competition for a family friend diagnosed with coronavirus.

She drew three thistles, with one featuring a rainbow and representing the NHS.

The design has been etched onto the memorial stone at Bannockburn as well as at Borders Crematorium and West Lothian Crematorium.

Mr Mclaughlan added: “These lasting memorials will provide a tranquil place for people to remember and reflect; where they can seek some comfort knowing that the legacy of those lost is not only being recognised but will be remembered for many generations to come.”