History lesson for Ella
Members of the Royal British Legion paid tribute to soldiers killed in combat at the weekend.
Memorial benches were unveiled at the poppy beds in Cambuslang on Saturday.
Local politicians and residents also came out to pay their respects.
Among those there was seven-year-old Ella May Dawson, who learned about the significance of the poppy from legion members including ex-serviceman, David Thomson.
Scenes depicting World War One soldiers have been welded into benches unveiled at Cambuslang War Memorial at the weekend.
Situated near the town’s Cenotaph and Miners Wheel, the two benches are part of a wider project to mark the centenary of the Great War.
Poignant images have been crafted into each of the wrought iron benches, including the silhouettes of World War One soldiers and five blossoming red poppies.
They were unveiled on Saturday at a special service led by Reverend Leslie Milton of Cambuslang Parish Church.
The project to install the commemorative benches, which have been positioned in towns and cities across Scotland, was spearheaded by the Cambuslang branch of the Royal British Legion.
The legion’s vice- chairman Ian Williamson said they would provide older people with a restful place to pay their respects.
“When we had a service on Remembrance Sunday a lot of the pensioners couldn’t get to the Cenotaph in the park so this is somewhere they can go and sit,” Ian said.
“This is somewhere to remember and reflect and for people to think about their grandads, dads, uncles, brothers and all those who died in previous conflicts around the world.
“Two years ago in 2014 we got a poppy bench put in at the Miners Wheel and this is an extension of that project to mark 100 years since WW1.”
Funded by Pride of Place Cambuslang, the purchasing and installation of the benches has cost approximately £2000.
John Edgar, who sits on the Pride of Place board, said: “It’s poignant that this is the last project of Pride of Place Cambuslang as it commemorates soldiers who served in WW1 during the centenary.
“It benefits the whole community and that’s what Pride of Place is all about.”
John thanked Ian McCaig and the land services team at South Lanarkshire Council for their support in getting the seats in place for the service on Saturday.
The ceremony was attended by Cambuslang councillors as well as Margaret Ferrier MP and James Kelly MSP.
Mr Kelly said: “The two benches are a fitting tribute to those who dedicated their lives to save others. The benches are at a central location and will allow the community the opportunity to reflect and pay their respects.”
The people of Cambuslang also installed a field of poppies in the park in 2014 as another way of remembering the fallen.
Poppy story Ella May Dawson, 7, with David Thomson
Tribute Royal British Legion members with Councillor Russell Clearie
Lest we forget Rev Dr Leslie Milton took the moving service
Respect A piper plays a lament