Town ser­vice marks ded­i­ca­tion of Oban’s Gar­den of Re­mem­brance

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THE OBAN Gar­den of Re­mem­brance was ded­i­cated on Satur­day af­ter­noon, with a short ser­vice led by Rev Ian McFar­lane of the town’s Bap­tist Church.

Mr McFar­lane is also Chap­lain to the Oban branch of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion Scot­land and a former RAF chap­lain. Gra­ham Mac­Queen, de­pute Lord Lieu­tenant, placed a cross dur­ing the ser­vice.

Vice chair­man of the Le­gion in Oban, Ian Blair Sim­monds, also spoke and piper Ta­mara Camp­bell played dur­ing a minute’s trib­ute.

Branch sec­re­tary Mar­jory Gil­mour said: ‘This is a very ap­pro­pri­ate place for the Gar­den of Re­mem­brance, on Ge­orge Street, in the cen­tre of town and we are grate­ful to Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil for giv­ing this large flower bed and clear­ing the perime­ter for peo­ple to place crosses in mem­ory of their loved ones. The red flow­ers make a beau­ti­ful back­drop to all the pop­pies. The tall pop­pies were placed by the Le­gion; and each one rep­re­sents a name on the town’s war me­mo­rial.’

The TS Pharos 635 Oban Sea Cadets and the 2521 Oban High School Air Train­ing Corps were on pa­rade for the ser­vice and the young­sters then went on to sell pop­pies in the town cen­tre.

As well as Re­mem­brance Sun­day’s for­mal ser­vice at the town’s war me­mo­rial, there will be a short in­for­mal ser­vice at 11am on Novem­ber 11 at the Gar­den of Re­mem­brance.

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SMART: Air Train­ing Corps mem­bers and Oban Sea Cadets were on pa­rade at the re­mem­brance

gar­den ded­i­ca­tion ser­vice.

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SOLEMN: Gra­ham Mac­Queen places a cross.

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FUNDRAIS­ERS: Air Train­ing Corp were sell­ing pop­pies: Cor­po­ral Martin Hen­drick­sen, Cadet Dun­can Turner and Cadet Alexan­der

Hardie.

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DED­I­CA­TION: piper Ta­mara Camp­bell, Gra­ham Mac­Queen and Rev Ian McFar­lane.

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