Re­mem­ber­ing the fallen from Oban and Ar­gyll

The Oban Times - - NEWS - LOUISE GLEN lglen@oban­times.co.uk

THE an­nual re­mem­brance ser­vices tak­ing place around the re­gion on Sun­day proved the loy­alty of those who were left be­hind and of those peo­ple who are mind­ful of the huge loss of life con­flict and wars bring.

In Oban, a mean­ing­ful and som­bre ser­vice was held in front of a large crowd. No- one com­plained as the rain bore down as they were acutely aware of those who had given their lives in much worse con­di­tions.

As ever, the praise in Oban goes to the lo­cal branch of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion, and in par­tic­u­lar to Iain and Les­ley Blair- Sim­monds, who over the years have built up the ser­vice with the help of many oth­ers.

Of­fi­ci­at­ing at the ser­vice was now-re­tired Bap­tist min­is­ter Ian McFar­lane. His gen­tle, calm de­meanour over the pro­ceed­ings al­lowed those present to fo­cus on the loss of life at con­flicts through­out the world.

Pipe Ma­jor Euan De­war brought the two min­utes’ si­lence to an end.

Po­ems, prayers and Bi­ble read­ings pre­ceded the lay­ing of wreaths by a num­ber of adult and youth or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Af­ter the ser­vice, and de­spite the weather, peo­ple re­mained at the war me­mo­rial, shar­ing con­ver­sa­tions with oth­ers who were lay­ing crosses or pop­pies in re­mem­brance of those who had died.

On the is­land of Mull, ser­vices were held in Tober­mory and at Cre­ich, near Fion­nphort.

In Tober­mory, the in­clement weather did not stop a crowd mak­ing their way to the war me­mo­rial on Western Road.

Prior to a pa­rade along the street from Tober­mory Par­ish Church, the Rev­erend Dun­can Macdon­ald led a ser­vice of re­mem­brance.

The pa­rade saw cadets and a pipers join to­gether with a good crowd be­fore wreaths were laid at the me­mo­rial by many, in­clud­ing the cadets, Guides and Brown­ies, the RNLI lifeboat team and by Coun­cil­lor Mary-Jean Devon on be­half of Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil.

At the other end of the is­land, three ser­vices took place at Cre­ich and Bunes­san, and on Iona, where pipers and short ser­vices were held at each place.

At Bunes­san, com­mu­nity coun­cil­lor Cameron An­son played the pipes.

He ex­plained: ‘Last year the weather was ter­ri­ble so at this year’s event the min­is­ter was much more or­gan­ised.

‘He had lam­i­nated sheets, and he had asked an­other, Glen MacKel­lar, to hold an um­brella. ’

ocal man Rob Jones read out a list of the names of peo­ple who had died in con­flicts in the First and Sec­ond World Wars, and he made spe­cial men­tion of for­mer Bunes­san Pri­mary School pupil and Kin­tra res­i­dent Robert MacLaren, who died in Afghanistan.

This year the an­nual dash of pipers mov­ing from one ser­vice to an­other on the Ross of Mull and Iona was abated as the gar­dener on Mull has joined Mull and Iona Pipe Band and was able to lead the ser­vice on Iona for the first time.

Read­ers who would like a men­tion of their town or vil­lage ser­vice in next year’s pa­per should con­tact ed­i­tor@oban­times.co.uk to make ar­range­ments for copy to be sub­mit­ted.

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Oban Pipe Band and Oban High School Pipe Band lead the pa­rade from the Cor­ran Halls along the Es­planade to the War Me­mo­rial.

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Euan De­war, pipe ma­jor, played at the end of the two min­utes’ si­lence.

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The Ter­ri­to­rial Army take the salute af­ter plac­ing a wreath on the Oban War Me­mo­rial.

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Cadets stand to at­ten­tion as they pay their re­spects.

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Po­lice In­spec­tor Mark Stephen places a wreath at the me­mo­rial.

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Oban pipe bands brought dig­nity to the an­nual pro­ces­sion.

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