Ar­ran’s war he­roes re­mem­bered

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Ar­ran paid trib­ute to and hon­oured its war dead from both World Wars in a se­ries of mov­ing ser­vices held across the is­land at vil­lage ceno­taphs on Re­mem­brance Sun­day.

The events were par­tic­u­larly poignant this year, given that they also marked the cen­te­nary of the end of the First World War.

Large turnout

In Brod­ick, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Po­lice Scot­land, RNLI, Coast­guard, Royal Navy, North Ayr­shire Coun­cil, Army Cadets and mem­bers of the pub­lic at­tended a Re­mem­brance ser­vice at 10am – ow­ing to the in­fea­si­bil­ity of shut­ting the road at 11am when the ferry de­parts – but this did not pre­vent an equally large turnout re­turn­ing at 11am to mark the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month when the war ended in 1918.

Ser­vices were also held in Whit­ing Bay, Cor­rie, Shisk­ine and Pirn­mill and Kil­mory, in mixed weather con­di­tions.

Mem­ory

Ar­ran also joined in the com­mem­o­ra­tion of the loss of more than 2,000 pipers who were killed or in­jured in bat­tle with mem­bers of the Ar­ran Pipe Band si­mul­ta­ne­ously play­ing ‘When the Bat­tle’s O’er’ at 11am in their mem­ory at each of the cen­to­taphs and at the Clear­ance Me­mo­rial in Lam­lash.

In­volv­ing the youngest mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, Ar­ran Churches To­gether in­vited chil­dren from all of the vil­lages on Ar­ran to ex­pe­ri­ence a unique and un­usual ac­tiv­ity, ring­ing the church bells from 7.05pm to 7.15pm, when churches and cathe­drals across the na­tion and be­yond, rang their bells to com­mem­o­rate those that made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice and those who faced great hard­ships be­cause of war.

A lone piper plays the lament at Brod­ick in hon­our of the thou­sands of pipers who per­ished or were in­jured dur­ing the war. 01_B46re­mem­brance03

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of var­i­ous ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tions and group rep­re­sen­ta­tives pre­pare to lay wreaths at the Brod­ick Me­mo­rial. 01_B46re­mem­brance04

A large crowd hud­dle un­der their um­brel­las at the Whit­ing Bay ser­vice. 01_B46re­mem­brance08

Jean Hunter leads the re­mem­brance ser­vice at Shisk­ine war me­mo­rial as­sisted by the Rev Ben­jamin van Rens­burg. 01_B46re­mem­brance09

Nearly 80 peo­ple gath­ered to pay their re­spects at Brod­ick ceno­taph on Re­mem­brance Sun­day. 01_B46re­mem­brance02

Look mum, I’m ring­ing the bell – Grace Pop­plewell rings the church bells to her ob­vi­ous de­light. 01_B46re­mem­brance06

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