Paisley Abbey service honours Armed Forces
Tributes paid to men and women who served country
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