Representatives of the Northern Ireland War Memorial (NIWM) visited Bushmills recently to present the Robert Quigg VC Commemoration Society with a grant award of £2,500 for their exciting sculpture project which will honour Bushmills’ famous Great War hero.
The intention is that a life-size bronze sculpture of Sergeant Robert Quigg V.C. will be unveiled in his home town in July 2016 to mark the centenary of his courageous actions on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
The sculptor, David Annand of Scotland, has already started work on the statue.
Leonard Quigg, Chairman of the Robert Quigg VC Commemoration Society said “On behalf of the Society, thank you to the Northern Ireland War Memorial for a most welcome and generous contribution to our sculpture fund. This support comes at such an important time in our fundraising campaign as we reach the final stages and our ambitious project becomes a reality.”
Ian Wilson, Chairman of the NIWM remarked “The Northern Ireland War Memorial is a charity which exists to commemorate the servicemen and women and those on the home front during two World Wars. The Board are delighted to be able to support what will be a magnificent tribute to such a brave man in the heart of Bushmills, where it will be admired by locals and tourists alike.”
The NIWM grant will be a tremendous boost to the work of the Society and they expect to be within £10,000 of their target very soon. Other large donations from local supporters are anticipated early in 2016 and a major fundraising programme has been scheduled in the months ahead.