US city honours Arbroath son

A STATUE honouring one of Arbroath’s most famous sons has been unveiled in the United States.

Two weeks ago in the city of Flint, Michigan, a sculpture of Arbroath born David Dunbar Buick was erected.

Buick was born in the town in Green Street in 1854 but emigrated with his parents across the Atlantic two years later.

After developing an interest in the internal combustion engine he eventually founded the Buick Motor Company, which in turn became a cornerstone of car giant General Motors.

The statue of Buick, who died in 1929, is the second to be unveiled in Saginaw Street in downtown Flint, with the first honouring Louis Chevrolet.

Mr Buick’s great grandson Douglas Boes, also made the trip to the Michigan city from California for the big reveal.

The project to honour the man in his adopted home town is also mirroring the campaign here in his birthplace for a permanent memorial.

The Arbroath Guildry announced back in May their ambitious plans to raise in the region of £200,000 to £300,000 needed to fund a statue, which they hope can be placed at Keptie Pond.

At present there are only two memorials in the town to Buick with a small plaque honouring his birthplace in Green Street.

He also has the street Buick Rigg in the town named after him in his honour.

The statue is just one in a series of statues planned by the Guildry honouring local men, who have made their mark on American history.

These are Carmyllie-born William Small, who is credited with playing a pivotal role in creating the American Declaration of Independence and Thomas Moonlight, who became the governor of Wyoming.

It is hoped enough funding can be found to raise all three statues as there are only two statues in the town at present.

They are of Robert Burns outside Arbroath Library and the declaration statue on Dundee Road.