Mark­ing the day Great War ended

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A CROWD of around 40 fell into a minute’s si­lence at the Oban Gar­den of Re­mem­brance on Ge­orge Street on Ar­mistice Day, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, mark­ing the end of hos­til­i­ties in the First World War.

Re­tired RAF chap­lain Rev Ian McFar­lane, min­is­ter at Oban Bap­tist Church and chap­lain to the Oban branch of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion, led the ser­vice.

Mr McFar­lane told The Oban Times: ‘On the heels of the re­cent elec­tion in Amer­ica, it may be pru­dent to pray the world will work to­wards dis­cov­er­ing peace in trou- bled times. And at times like these, it shows peo­ple come to­gether in re­mem­brance and prayer con­cern­ing the well­be­ing and fu­ture of hu­mankind.

‘There are good signs of peo­ple work­ing to­gether for char­ity in Oban. We are mind­ful of one an­other: we are not for­get­ful.’

Ex-ser­vice­men Ross Man­son of the Royal Scots and Gra­ham MacQueen of the Mer­chant Navy bore the stan­dards of the Oban branch of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion and the Queen’s Colours re­spec­tively.

Ian Blair- Sim­monds of the Royal Ar­tillery, and his wife Les­ley of the In­tel- ligence Corps, formed part of the team of vol­un­teers who cre­ated Ge­orge Street’s re­mem­brance gar­den, planted with pop­pies and 242 named crosses. ‘Each cross rep­re­sents a name on the war me­mo­rial on the es­planade,’ Les­ley said.

‘It’s important to raise aware­ness,’ Ian added, ‘that’s why we brought the gar­den into the town.’

The cou­ple, like oth­ers at­tend­ing the ser­vice, laid their own crosses in re­mem­brance of friends and fam­ily. They thanked Lorn Locks and Home­base, who pro­vided the chains and fenc­ing at no charge.

Ian and Les­ley Blair-Sim­monds helped to cre­ate the re­mem­brance gar­den in Ge­orge Street.

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