Commemoration centenary honours Kintyre’s war heroes

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A pair of shrill whistle blows marked the start and end of the two minute silence at the Armistice 100 remembrance.

Campbeltown’s Royal British Legion Scotland (RBLS) chairman, George Rahman blew the whistle as he organised, the sombre event, in light rain, with military precision.

Following a parade from Victoria Hall wreath layers from these organisations lined up in front of the war memorial: Argyll and Bute Council, Campbeltown Community Council, Royal Navy, RBLS Campbeltown, The Royal Airforce Association, Police Scotland, Police Scotland Youth Volunteers, RNLI, HM Coastguard, Harbour Master Authority, Scottish Fire and Rescue service, Young Fire Fighters Campbeltown, The Salvation Army, St Kieran Royal Arch Chapter 158, The Rotary Club of Campbeltown, Campbeltown Sea Cadets, Campbeltown Army Cadets, Scout Association, Boys Brigade, Kintyre Schools Pipe Band, Campbeltown Grammar School. The Scottish Ambulance Service and British Red Cross were on the list but did not lay wreaths during the service.

Ministers, Reverend Anne McIvor and Reverend William Crossan ran the religious part of the ceremony before holding services at Lorne and Lowland and Highland Parish churches.

Campbeltown RBLS has asked the Courier to thank the following for their donations to assist with this year’s remembrance: Springbank, Glen Scotia, Campbeltown Community Council, HC-One Kintyre Care Home, Isle of Kintyre t/a Inverloch Cheese Co, Campbeltown Motor Company, St Kieran Royal Arch Chapter 158, Jim Martin Supplies, The Rotary Club of Campbeltown, Duncan McMillan, Galbraith & Cochrane, AG Barr Optometrists, Computer Services Shop, Wee Toon Sports and Trends, A P Taylor and Peter Colville, Kintyre Larder, MacMillan Foods and Girl Guiding Kintyre.

Campbeltown RBLS has asked the Courier to explain that the war memorial was lit up poppy red, featured on last week’s front page, in a scheme run by Poppyscotland and that the 349 wooden crosses represented Kintyre soldiers killed in the Great War.

Fire chief Ronnie Souden and Young Fire Fighter Rory Paterson approach the memorial to lay wreaths. 25_c46100armistice14_Ronnie Souden