Jamie’s role in Remembrance

Round Table Britain and Ireland national president Stephen Sprod with Arbroath Round Table chairman Jamie Buchan in London on Sunday.

Round Table Britain and Ireland national president Stephen Sprod with Arbroath Round Table chairman Jamie Buchan in London on Sunday.

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The chairman of Arbroath Round Table has described the truly humbling experience of taking part in the Remembrance service in central London.

Jamie Buchan was a representative of Round Tablers across the country at the ceremony, which is led by Her Majesty the Queen.

Jamie was joined by Round Table national president Stephen Sprod for the service before they marched past the memorial on Whitehall, down to Horseguards Parade, where the salute was taken by the Princess Royal.

He explained: “Waiting to march we found ourselves surrounded by old soldiers with medals blazoned across their chests for services rendered to Queen and country in the most brutal of wars, the likes of which we as a planet will never see again thankfully. 

“There was a bang from the cannon and the dongs from Big Ben to mark the start of the two minute silence and then an eerie hush came across those assembled along Whitehall with only the sound of the wind in the trees to accompany your thoughts before a second cannon went off to mark the end of the silence but even then there wasn’t a noise for another five minutes or so.

“Having been a steward at the various marches and processions in Arbroath of our military - the Red Lichtie Parade, Armed Forces Parade and the Royal Marines march through after an early tour of Afghanistan you feel the sense of pride and honour that these men and women who served our country rightly inspire in others.”

Turn to page 22 for a full round-up of local Remembrance Sunday services.