Com­mu­nity cer­e­monies will hon­our the fallen

Se­ries of remembrance events will mark the centenary of the end of the Great War

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS - JAMIE BUCHAN jabuchan@the­courier.co.uk

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.

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