Community ceremonies will honour the fallen
Series of remembrance events will mark the centenary of the end of the Great War
Communities across Perth and Kinross will mark the centenary of the end of the First World War at a series of remembrance events tomorrow.
Perth city centre will be stirred awake at 6am with the sound of a piper playing the traditional lament Battle’s O’er, outside St Ninian’s Cathedral.
This is part of an international event where 1,000 pipers will play the same tune at the same time in different locations.
At 8am Provost Dennis Melloy, Lord-Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross, Brigadier Sir Melville Jameson and Commanding Officer 7 SCOTS Lt Col Matt Sheldrick will lead a wreath-laying ceremony at the 51st Memorial on North Inch.
This will be followed at 10.10am by a civic parade. The Society of High Constables of the City of Perth will head the procession from the council’s High Street HQ to St John’s Kirk.
The remembrance service will begin at the church at 10.30am. The Rev John Murdoch will then invite members of the congregation to join him on a Walk of Gratitude.
These processions were introduced by the Royal British Legion Scotland to give the public, including youngsters, an opportunity to actively participate in remembrance events.
People are encouraged to carry photographs and wear medals to represent family members.
Provost Melloy will host a civic reception in Perth Concert Hall from midday. Outside the venue, a replica Spitfire will be included in a display of military vehicles.
Similar parades will take place in Auchterarder, Kinross, Crieff, Alyth, Pitlochry, Blairgowrie, Comrie, Coupar Angus, Muthill, Burrelton, Abernethy, Braco and Blair Atholl.
Mr Melloy said: “Perth and Kinross owes its veterans a great debt of gratitude and we are proud to remember those who gave their lives in conflict to preserve our freedoms.
“Remembrance Sunday is a day for reflection and for taking time out to pay tribute to our veterans and their fallen comrades as well as the serving military.”
Yesterday dignitaries gathered in Perth for the annual Dedication of the Garden of Remembrance.
Meanwhile, pupils at Forgandenny Primary and St Johns RC Academy put the finishing touches to their poppies display, commemorating hundreds of local soldiers killed in conflict.
Perth Academy pupils took part in a tour of the city – from the old school building in Rose Terrace – as part of the Flowers of the Forest project.