Pais­ley Abbey ser­vice hon­ours Armed Forces

Trib­utes paid to men and women who served coun­try

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Ken­neth Speirs

The loy­alty and de­vo­tion of mem­bers of the Armed Forces has been cel­e­brated at a spe­cial ser­vice at Pais­ley Abbey.

Lord-Lieu­tenant of Ren­frew­shire Guy Clark, Ren­frew­shire Provost Lorraine Cameron In­ver­clyde Provost Martin Bren­nan at­tended an Armed Forces Day event to recog­nise the men and women who have served Queen and coun­try.

The Ren­frew­shire Schools Brass En­sem­ble per­formed as mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tion ar­rived for the ser­vice, which was led by Rev­erend Alan Birss, Min­is­ter of Pais­ley Abbey, Rev­erend Robert Craig, Min­is­ter of Stow Brae Kirk and Canon Oliver Freney from the Ro­man Catholic Dio­cese of Pais­ley.

The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion Pais­ley Com­rades Branch dis­played their stan­dard in the abbey clois­ters as the con­gre­ga­tion was piped in.

Mrs Cameron said: “It is ex­tremely im­por­tant that we recog­nise the sac­ri­fices which our Armed Forces have made, and will make, to en­sure the safety of our coun­try.

“I was de­lighted to see such a large at­ten­dance of vet­er­ans, serv­ing mil­i­tary per­son­nel and mem­bers of the pub­lic there to pay trib­ute to the men and women who put their lives on the line for our ben­e­fit.”

The ser­vice took place in ad­vance of the na­tional Armed Forces Day – which takes place on Satur­day – in or­der to al­low those in at­ten­dance the chance to pay trib­ute at both a lo­cal and na­tional ser­vice.

Mr Bren­nan said: “The ser­vice was led with dig­nity and re­spect and the set­ting of Pais­ley Abbey was be­fit­ting of such a mean­ing­ful oc­ca­sion.

“I hope the ser­vice can pro­vide com­fort to those in at­ten­dance as we come to­gether to re­mem­ber the ser­vice­men and women lost in all con­flicts.”

The ser­vice was pre­ceded on Fri­day by a short cer­e­mony out­side Ren­frew­shire House.

This saw the Armed Forces Day flag raised by Royal Navy vet­eran Robert Pope, of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion Pais­ley Com­rades branch.

The flag flies for seven days in recog­ni­tion of the sac­ri­fices made by ser­vice­men and women to pro­tect the coun­try.

Af­ter the ser­vice, dig­ni­taries trav­elled to Pais­ley’s Hawk­head Ceme­tery to lay wreaths at the me­mo­rial to re­cip­i­ents of the Vic­to­ria Cross.

Never for­get Rev Alan Birss; Provost Martin Bren­nan; Lord-Lieu­tenant of Ren­frew­shire, Guy Clark; Provost Lorraine Cameron and Royal Bri­tish Le­gion mem­ber Robert Pope at the Hawk­head ceme­tery me­mo­rial

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