Priv­i­lege of Air­drie Re­mem­brance day

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Dear Edi­tor, Over the past 12 years I have had the priv­i­lege of or­gan­is­ing a ser­vice of re­mem­brance at Air­drie war me­mo­rial, in the al­ter­nate years when the main North La­nark­shire Coun­cil ser­vice is in Coat­bridge.

This year – the cen­te­nary of the end of World War I – the Air­drie re­mem­brance ser­vice was made pos­si­ble by the as­sis­tance and par­tic­i­pa­tion of mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

I would like to ex­press my grat­i­tude to all who pro­vided sup­port, those who took part and to the many who came along to pay their re­spects.

I must thank Coun­cil­lor David Stocks for his un­fail­ing sup­port over the years and Jim Park for ar­rang­ing the piper.

Lo­cal firm Don­ald McLaren again kindly supplied the sound sys­tem and Fa­ther Sweeney from St Patrick’s Church in Coat­bridge lent the mi­cro­phone.

Thank you to Brian who or­gan­ised the sound sys­tem and to Jim and Adam who op­er­ated it.

When I con­tacted Poppy Scot­land and told them of the me­mo­rial ser­vice, they were happy for their logo to be printed on the or­der of ser­vice and wished us well.

Those tak­ing part in the ser­vice with me this year were Louise McLaren, John Don­nelly, Henry Dun­bar and Wil­liam McLaren. Our piper was Ross Cowan, pipe ma­jor of the North La­nark­shire schools’ band.

Henry Dun­bar from Green­gairs Par­ish Church and Ross Cowan joined us this year for the first time; the par­tic­i­pa­tion of all who took part was greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

We also re­mem­bered for­mer provost John Don­nelly and his wife May who sadly have now passed on. Provost Don­nelly al­ways en­sured that a ser­vice took place at Air­drie war me­mo­rial when the main coun­cil-led ser­vice was in Coat­bridge.

I was priv­i­leged to take this over from him when he was no longer able. The num­ber of peo­ple who came along to pay trib­ute made it ap­par­ent that a ser­vice of re­mem­brance must con­tinue to be held at Air­drie war me­mo­rial each year. Mar­ion Love, Air­drie

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