Bute pays tribute on Remembrance Sunday

The scene at Rothesay's Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday, November 9, 2014.
The scene at Rothesay's Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday, November 9, 2014.

Bute stood silent at four memorials on Remembrance Sunday to pay tribute to those from the island who gave their lives in the service of their country.

The island’s main memorial service was held at the Cenotaph in Rothesay, where hundreds of people watched as wreaths were laid on behalf of the Queen, Argyll and Bute Council, Bute Community Council, the Burma Star Association, the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen’s Families Association, Lodge Rothesay St John, and by local uniformed organisations, as well as by Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell.

Represented in the parade to and from the memorial, led by the Rothesay and District Pipe Band, were members of the island’s Legion Scotland branch, the local Army cadets, Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, HM Coastguard, the Rothesay companies of the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade and Apple Tree Nursery.

The Very Rev Andrew Swift, from St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Rothesay, chaplain to the local Legion branch, led a short religious service before Rothesay resident Gordon Scott, who served with the Royal Navy in the Second World War in the Far East, read John Maxwell Edmonds’ famous Kohima Epitaph: “When you go home, tell them of us; and say: ‘For your tomorrow, we gave our today.’”

Acts of remembrance were also observed on Sunday at the war memorials in Port Bannatyne and Kingarth, and at North Bute Cemetery at Croc-an-Raer, resting place of more than 20 Merchant Navy seamen who were killed on board three ships brought to nearby Kames Bay for salvage during the 1939-45 conflict.