Cambeltown community remembers war heroes

Representatives of local organisations paid tribute to the fallen at Campbeltown War Memorial on Sunday.

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Campbeltown community united last weekend to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect the country’s  freedom.

Coronavirus restrictions meant that public gatherings for this year’s Remembrance Sunday events were severely curtailed.

There was no formal parade this year but representatives of organisations and a sprinkling of socially-distanced members of the public turned up to witness simple but moving acts of remembrance as wreaths were laid at the war memorial while others joined a two-minute silence on their own doorsteps.

Two WWII veterans were present, including Mrs Ailsa Stewart who is 105. Her son, former Lord Lieutenant Patrick Stewart along with his successor Jim Martin were also there.

Two and a half-year-old Emelie Willis was greeted at the war memorial by friends and family following her sponsored walk, accompanied by dad John and mum Chelsea. Emelie walked from her home to the memorial, where she completed some laps of the monument, before returning to her house.

‘Emelie did absolutely amazingly on her soldier walk and it was just wonderful that all her little friends joined for a lap or two at the end,’ said Chelsea.

‘Thank you so much to Charles J MacLean for piping for us and for everyone who turned up to cheer Emelie on. Also a huge thank you to everyone who’s donated or bought raffle tickets so far.’

All funds raised will go towards this year’s Poppy Appeal.

Elsewhere the Kilbrannan Bar raised £900 for the Poppy Appeal through a raffle, bottles donated by Springbank Distillery, and the sale of gin glasses and mugs made by Lesley Mullen.

One way or another, pandemic or not, we will remember them.