Southend’s armistice centenary beacon bonfire

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It is hoped that a blazing beacon at Kilmashenachan Farm Southend will be visible in Ayrshire, Wigtownshire and Co Antrim.

Argyll and Bute Lord Lieutenant, Patrick Stewart said: ‘ I shall be lighting a the bonfire at 7pm on Sunday to mark the centenary of the armistice ending the First World War.’

Earlier in the day the Lord Lieutenant will attend the remembrance event in Rothesay with the provost of Argyll and Bute.

Last Sunday with the Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Mr Stewart attended an event to mark the connection between that town and the Highlands of Scotland.

Mr Stewart said: ‘In 1914 and 1915 some 22,000 soldiers of the Territorial Highland Division were billeted in the town where they received their training before deploying abroad.

‘The townspeople were incredibly welcoming and still remember this connection.’