‘Above and beyond’ re­sponse

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS -

The re­gion’s Armed Forces cham­pion Archie Dry­burgh said Dum­fries and Gal­loway has gone “above and beyond” in com­mem­o­rat­ing the centenary. As res­i­dents pre­pare to mark the Ar­mistice an­niver­sary that ended the Great War and Remembrance Day on Sun­day, the coun­cil­lor said he is “proud” of the dig­nity and re­spect shown. He said: “It has been a busy four years in the re­gion comm-emorat­ing the centenary of the First World War and it has been done with dig­nity and re­spect from schools to com­mu­ni­ties. It be­gan with Lights Out events and there has been so much since. Dum­fries and Gal­loway has gone above and beyond some of the other re­gions in the UK. Com­mu­ni­ties, schools and churches have all joined in.

“We have had fan­tas­tic re­sponses to the Armed Forces Day pa­rades and flag-rais­ing cer­e­monies. It was won­der­ful to wel­come guests at the Plain­staines to com­mem­o­rate the Bat­tle of the Somme.

“We have been able to hon­our all our First World War re­cip­i­ents of the Vic­to­ria Cross and we also saw Bri­tain’s worst rail dis­as­ter at Quintin­shill re­mem­bered by the na­tion.

“We also had the Pack Up Your Trou­bles Fes­ti­val in Gretna and Eas­triggs which was a big suc­cess.”

Mr Dry­burgh, who re­cently held a “thank you” event for the First World War gen­er­a­tion in Dum­fries with South Scot­land MSP Colin Smyth, said the re­gion had also ben­e­fited from stun­ning ex­hi­bi­tions in lo­cal mu­se­ums.

He added: “The ex­hi­bi­tions at Dum­fries and An­nan and smaller mu­se­ums have been fan­tas­tic in telling the sto­ries of lo­cal he­roes and our war­time her­itage.

“The pub­lic have taken th­ese ex­hi­bi­tions to heart and the amount of in­for­ma­tion, arte­facts and pho­tos that have come in have been fan­tas­tic and will help make sure they are pre­served as a legacy.”

A group of Army Cadets nar­rated some let­ters and sto­ries to make a short film which ac­com­pa­nies the An­nan ex­hi­bi­tion, Records of War: Pho­tog­ra­phy and Let­ters from World War One.

Mr Dry­burgh said: “The cadets were ab­so­lutely bril­liant, very pro­fes­sional in the way they ap­proached this and how they took it on board. It was good ex­pe­ri­ence for them and they learned a lot about how the Great War af­fected the town.”

Armed Forces cham­pion Archie Dry­burgh dressed for First World War

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