In grat­i­tude from those who serve

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, – On be­half of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee for the Royal Bri­tish le­gion Scot­land Fes­ti­val of Remembrance held in the Caird Hall, Dundee, on Novem­ber 3, we would like to con­vey our sin­cere thanks to those who made the night one to re­mem­ber.

If I miss any­one, please ac­cept my apolo­gies, but they in­clude the Lord Provost’s of­fices at Dundee City Coun­cil, staff and man­age­ment of the Caird Hall, the Min­istry of De­fence and in par­tic­u­lar the 51st In­fantry Brigade, Pop­pyscot­land and the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion Scot­land Head­quar­ters team, the mil­i­tary bands from the ser­vices, the fan­tas­tic voices of Amy Hawthorn and Ali­son Ross, those mem­bers of the Armed Forces Reg­u­lar, Re­serve and cadets, Po­lice, Fire, RNLI, Mer­chant Navy, Or­der of St John’s, and not for­get­ting the amaz­ing war wid­ows who carry them­selves with such pride and, for the first time, the rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Eliz­a­beth Cross As­so­ci­a­tion.

Thanks too to all the stan­dard bear­ers from the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion Scot­land, the Queen’s colours and Area colours, and to the min­is­ters from the rep­re­sented de­nom­i­na­tions who led the Act of Remembrance.

Fi­nally and not least thank you to those mem­bers of the pub­lic who came to the fes­ti­val. Your en­thu­si­asm and sup­port is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated. And please re­mem­ber our armed forces are still serv­ing in ar­eas of con­flict.

Al­though it is ac­cepted that Remembrance Day is as­so­ci­ated with the First World War, it is there for the many years of con­flict, loss and in­jury. There has only been one year in which Bri­tish troops have not been de­ployed to some area of con­flict and the Fes­ti­val of Remembrance is for these troops also.

Kindly mark your di­aries for Satur­day Novem­ber 2 2019 and thank you all for your sup­port. Alas­tair W. McLean. Strath­more Street, Dundee.

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