Paying quiet respects in autumn sunshine

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Welcome autumn sunshine last weekend greeted the many Argyll folk who turned out to pay respects to the fallen.

In bright but chilly weather, services were held at town and village memorials all over the region on Remembrance Sunday.

The day before, Saturday November 11, marked Armistice Day and a number of quiet acts of commemoration were held at 11am to mark the 99th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Mid Argyll Pipe Band led the parade along Argyll Street to Lochgilphead’s war memorial, where a crowd of around 100 people gathered to pay their respects. Father Simon MacKenzie of the Scottish Episcopal Church led the commemoration, reminding those present of the importance of forgiveness.

People walked from Ardrishaig Parish Church, with piper Iain Campbell at the head, to the village memorial where the Reverend David Carruthers led a poignant service of Remembrance in bright sunshine.

World champion pipe band Inveraray and District had the honour of leading the traditional parade from the parish church to Inveraray’s landmark war memorial.

Snow-capped hills glistening in the background, Reverend Dr Roderick Campbell spoke of the sacrifice of service personnel during the First World War and in the many conflicts since then. As a big crowd looked on, he particularly emphasised the contribution of women in the years since they were first admitted to the armed forces.

At Furnace war memorial on Sunday, Margaret Sinclair conducted the service as Reverend Roddy MacLeod laid a wreath at the monument. It was somehow fitting that the act of solemn Remembrance was punctuated by the chatter of children.


Members of Inveraray and District branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland at Furnace war memorial. 06_a46FurnaceRemembrance06

Inveraray and District Pipe Band lead the Remembrance Sunday parade along the town’s main street. 06_a46InvRemembrance02

The colours enter the field ahead of Inveraray’s Remembrance service. 06_a46InvRemembrance06

Iona, dowager Duchess of Argyll, pays her respects after laying a wreath on behalf of the Lieutenancy of Argyll and Bute. 06_a46InvRemembrance09

The people of Inveraray in silent contemplation. 06_a46InvRemembrance16

Reverend David Carruthers with piper Iain Campbell at the Ardrishaig Remembrance service. 08_a46remembranceardrishaig

Paying respects at Ardrishaig war memorial. 08_a46remembranceardrishaig03

Mid Argyll Pipe Band leads the way in Lochgilphead. 08_a46remembrancelochgilphead02

Father Simon MacKenzie conducts the service at Lochgilphead war memorial. 08_a46remembrancelochgilphead06

Cadets and Scouts on parade for Remembrance in Lochgilphead. 08_a46remembrancelochgilphead05

Councillor Donnie MacMillan remembers. 08_a46remembrancelochgilphead09

Pictured at Tarbert memorial on Remembrance Sunday are Cadet James Gray, with Tarbert Academy pupils Beth Atkinson on the left and Gaia Silvan to the right. no_a46TarbertRemembrance01

At the site of the wartime Combined Operations training centre at Argyll Caravan Park, Reverend Dr Roderick Campbell leads a service of Remembrance. 06_a46ArmisticeDay20