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Former PoW camp gets funding boost days after Nazi bequest

The Heritage Lottery Fund has now earmarked £638,900 towards a Comrie Development Trust project.

New life: The Cultybraggan camp at Comrie.
New life: The Cultybraggan camp at Comrie. © STV

A former prisoner of war camp in Perthshire has secured major funding days after a former German inmate left his estate to the area.

The Heritage Lottery Fund earmarked £638,900 towards Comrie Development Trust's project to convert 11 Nissen huts at the site at Cultybraggan.

The organisation has also pledged £423,300 towards a project to convert a boat which saved 600 soldiers' lives at Dunkirk into a floating museum.

The funding was confirmed on Thursday, just under a fortnight after Comrie Development Trust revealed it had been left £384,000 by Nazi prisoner Heinrich Steinmeyer.

Mr Steinmeyer was imprisoned at Cultybraggan, otherwise known as Camp 21 or Nazi 2.

His time at the camp had a profound effect on him as a young soldier and his ashes were scattered at the site when he died in 2014.

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Ten of the camp's Nissen huts will be converted into high-quality self-catering accommodation with an 11th restored as a common room displaying the history of the site.

Andrew Reid, of Comrie Development Trust, said: "We have already had great support from HLF in developing designs for the planned accommodation.

"This funding will bring lasting community benefit to the village and area through visitors and employment."

The other project will feature the Skylark IX being converted into a floating museum on the Clyde.

Otherwise known as the Dunkirk Ship, the vessel was refloated by the Royal Navy in 2010 after sinking in Loch Lomond due to its poor condition.

The ship and crew were called to support stranded allied troops in Dunkirk, France, carrying  a total of 600 men over four journeys.

Its restoration will be used as a training programme for recovering drug addicts, helping them to hone woodworking skills.

Once restored, community volunteers will lead a short sail along the Clyde while telling passengers about the small vessel's historic past.

Anne Dyer, from the Skylark IX Recovery Trust, said: "We are pleased to say that thanks to HLF, recovery through recovery for both the people and the boat is within our grasp and her story will live on for generations to come."

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