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Last Updated: Friday, 7 April 2006, 11:41 GMT 12:41 UK
Flight pioneers' statue repaired
Statue commemorating the Barnwell brothers
Mr Bowen and community councillor Iain Sinclair with the memorial
A sculpture marking the achievements of Scotland's answer to the Wright brothers have been re-erected in their home city of Stirling.

Harold and Frank Barnwell made history with Scotland's first powered flight almost 100 years ago.

A statue of a plane, first erected nearly a year ago, had one of its wings torn off by vandals in October and had to be taken down.

Sculptor Cliff Bowen repaired the piece and it has been put back in place.

In 1909, the brothers' biplane, powered by a car engine, reached an altitude of 13ft when it travelled 80m over a field near the Wallace Monument.

Two years later, a monoplane designed by the pair became the first Scottish plane to fly for more than a mile.

I hope people will now respect this memorial
Danny Houston
Causewayhead community council

Both brothers died in separate flying accidents, in machines that they had designed.

The sculpture, which depicted the Barnwell's award-winning biplane, was erected in Causewayhead last April.

It stood near the site of their workshop and the fields from which early test flights were launched.

After the statue was damaged, the Glasgow-based sculptor offered to repair it at no cost.

Danny Houston, chair of Causewayhead community council, said: "The plane had become a part of the local scenery and a number of local residents had expressed anger and sadness after it was damaged.

"I hope people will now respect this memorial."




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