TWENTY war memorials across Scotland will be restored to their former glory after funding of £160,000 was announced.

Each memorial has been awarded a grant for repair and conservation work.

The money comes from the latest round of a £1 million fund created last year as part of Scottish commemorations to mark the centenary of the First World War.

First Minister Alex Salmond made the announcement at the newly refurbished Peebles War Memorial following a £22,000 grant, and said Scottish communities were still eligible to apply for the funding.

He said: "Scotland's war memorials are a lasting ­tribute to our fallen servicemen and servicewomen who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defending our country in the First and Second World Wars and other conflicts. Each Scottish war memorial, such as this one in Peebles, remind us of the futility of war and the losses endured by our local communities. They also provide people with a place to go and pay their respects.

"It is extremely heartening to learn that communities are benefiting from this fund to upgrade memorials, particularly as this year marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and the start of our commemorations for years to come."

A total of £319,000 has now gone to 43 projects from the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund. There are 6,000 war ­memorials in ­Scotland, with up to 10 per cent possibly in "poor" or "very bad" condition. The projects include in Bearsden, in East Dunbartonshire, Ormiston in East Lothian, Walls in Shetland and Girvan in South Ayrshire.

Frances Moreton, director of War Memorials Trust, said: "Over the next few years it is vital efforts are made by people and communities to ensure that by 2018 Scotland's war memorials are in a fit condition for the services and commemorative events that will see us all mark the end of the First World War on 11th November that year."