TOWN’S TRIB­UTE TO WAR HE­ROES

Memo­rial un­veiled in Ar­madale

West Lothian Courier - - Front Page - Words: Staff re­porter; Pho­tos: Glitz and Glam Pho­tog­ra­phy

A poignant memo­rial to the brave soldiers from Ar­madale and sur­round­ing dis­tricts who have been killed in con­flict has been un­veiled.

The new War Memo­rial in Ar­madale at Wat­son Park will pay trib­ute to fallen he­roes and now bears the names of those pre­vi­ously miss­ing from the for­mer memo­rial.

Ar­madale and Dis­trict War Memo­rial Com­mit­tee have worked tire­lessly over the past five years to work to­wards cre­at­ing a new memo­rial and have been gath­er­ing the names of he­roes to add to the statue.

They raised in ex­cess of £100,000 to cre­ate the memo­rial, along with fund­ing from West Loth­ian Coun­cil.

An open­ing and ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony was held on Oc­to­ber 27 and was car­ried out by Her Majesty’s De­pute Lord Lieu­tenant Caro­line MacLach­lan and Ma­jor-Gen­eral Michael Lawrence Rid­dell-Web­ster CBE, DSO.

A ser­vice was given By Rev Ju­lia Wi­ley and also present was artist Alan Beat­tie Her­riot DA ARBS, ar­chi­tect Dak­ers Flem­ing, Ben­nie Con­tracts Ar­madale, Pow­der­hall bronz­ing, JB En­gi­neer­ing and piper Ross Macwilliam.

Also present among the 300-strong crowd was rel­a­tives of many of the fallen he­roes whose names are on the memo­rial, along with war vet­er­ans. Camelon Pipe Band also played for those at­tend­ing.

And fol­low­ing the read­ing of the Roll of Hon­our doves were re­leased into the air by se­nior pupils of Ar­madale Academy.

The com­mit­tee of just eight mem­bers said they are de­lighted t to be able to fi­nally un­veil the memo­rial.

Hugh Cock­burn said: “We were de­lighted with how the day went, un­veil­ing it on the 100th an­niver­sary of Ar­mistice Day had been our tar­get and the cul­mi­na­tion if sev­eral years of hard work and it was an ex­cel­lent turn-out.

“We added over 100 names to the new memo­rial and r rel­a­tives of those peo­ple at­tended, some from Eng­land.

“Two benches were also do­nated from lo­cal schools.”

Five year old Ava Leigh Roy at the ded­i­ca­ton cer­e­mony Spe­cial cer­e­mony A ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony was held Mood mu­sic Piper Ross MacWilliam Trib­ute to the fallen Lo­cal school­child­ren laid wreaths Pay­ing re­spects Deputy Lord Lieu­tenant Caro­line MacLach­lan lays a wreath at the new war memo­rial

Help­ing hands Lo­cal school­child­ren with hand­made pop­pies

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