Lest we forget! War dead honoured at ceremony

The lowering of standards at Carnoustie remeberance service on Sunday for the two minutes silence.
The lowering of standards at Carnoustie remeberance service on Sunday for the two minutes silence.

CARNOUSTIE paid its respects to the war dead at a Remembrance service at the War Memorial on Sunday.

There, a service was given by the Rev. Matthew Bickett, as representatives of Carnoustie veterans organisations, youth groups and councillors gathered to lay wreaths.

More than 300 people took part in the parade and were led to the War Memorial by the pipe band of the Arbroath branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland.

Depute Lord Lieutenant of Angus Willie Porter laid a wreath on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen Wreaths were also laid by Graeme Dey MSP, councillors Helen Oswald and Brian Boyd who paid tribute on behalf of Stewart Hosie MP and Angus Council, respectively, and Jim Simpson represented Carnoustie Community Council.

Mr Bickett BD, of Carnoustie Panbride Church, gave a prayer following the singing of ‘O God our help in ages past’.

His topic was the need to remember those service men and women who are currently serving in war zones abroad, as well as those who had fallen during the two World Wars and the following conflicts.

Mr Bickett also asked the congregation to spare a thought for the children of service personnel, who anxiously await the return of their parents.

Carnoustie youth organisations such as the Army Cadets, the Air Training Corps, the Boys’ Brigade, Scouts and the Girl Guides joined standard bearers from The Carnoustie branch of the Royal British Legion, The Black Watch, the Submariners’ Association and the Royal Artillery Association.

Poppy convener for the Royal British Legion Carnoustie branch Kirsty MacDonald said: “All of the youth groups were represented with wreaths and standards, and they all did exceptionally well considering their young age.”

‘Lest we forget’ was recited by president of the Carnoustie branch of the Royal British Legion Lt. Col. Mike Blair MVO TD RA.

The Last Post and Reveille was played by bugler Scott Ness, a member of the Carnoustie High School band who also provided the hymnal music during the service. In his role as head boy at Carnoustie High School Scott also laid a wreath.

Pipe Major Stuart Peters, of Arbroath Royal British Legion played the Lament after the two minute silence, and following the Reveille the Pipe Band led the parade back to the Carnoustie branch clubhouse on Dundee Street.

Mrs MacDonald said: “After the parade there was standing room only for soup and sandwiches at the clubhouse.

“We would like to thank all the people involved on Sunday in many, many different ways. The street cleaners who cleaned the War Memorial, our boys who stewarded the service, everyone who came along and everybody who did something.”