THE arm of a bronze statue, blown off in a German bombing raid on

Glasgow during the Second World War, has been found on the banks of a

river.

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It was presumed lost until Yorkhill Hospital worker, Mrs Isobel

Scobie, 54, discovered it lying in silt on the edge of the River Kelvin.

Peace and War, created by Paul Raphael Montford in 1910, was damaged

during an attack on the city on the night of March 13 and 14, 1941.

Searches of the devastated area near the Kelvingrove Museum and Art

Gallery following the raid found no trace of the arm. In 1951, Glasgow

Corporation, who owned the statue, commissioned its repair under the

direction of sculptor Benno Schotz, a member of the Royal Scottish

Academy.

The arm, cast with a broken spear to represent the power of peace over

war, belongs to one of four statues now standing at each corner of the

Kelvin Way Bridge in Kelvingrove Park.

Mr Julian Spalding, Glasgow District Council's director of museums and

art galleries, said yesterday he would be interested to see the arm.

However, he cast doubt on whether the statue would be restored to its

original glory.

He said: ''It is very unlikely that we would replace the repair unless

we found that the old arm is very much better and makes the sculpture

look significantly different.''

Mrs Scobie, who lives opposite the museum and art gallery, told

yesterday how she was walking near the river Kelvin when she saw what

appeared to be a hand clutching a broken spear.

''It was just the knuckles I could see holding the spear,'' she said.

''I managed to get down to the edge of the river but it was too heavy to

pull out.''

Mrs Scobie's nephew, Mr Angus McPhee, 18, dug the arm out of the mud

with a spade.

A Glasgow District Council spokesman described the find as

''remarkable'', adding that the council's legal department would check

to see who was the rightful owner of the arm and what should become of

it.