Cenotaph ceremony marks Armistice Day in Rothesay

John Maltman and Mark Lingard from the Isle of Bute branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland pictured at Rothesay's Cenotaph at a ceremony to mark Armistice Day on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.
John Maltman and Mark Lingard from the Isle of Bute branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland pictured at Rothesay's Cenotaph at a ceremony to mark Armistice Day on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

A short memorial at the Cenotaph in the centre of Rothesay on Tuesday marked the 96th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Members of the Isle of Bute branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland were present at the brief ceremony, at which a two minute silence was held at 11am.

A lament on the bagpipes and the sounding of the Last Post on trumpet preceded the silence, and following the laying of wreaths Tom Muir from the local Legion branch read the famous extract from Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘For The Fallen’: “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”

Though not on the same scale as the town’s Remembrance Sunday memorial - which, like Tuesday’s ceremony, ended with Second World War veteran Gordon Scott reciting the Kohima Epitaph - Tuesday’s event was equally solemn and dignified, a point not lost on any of those who attended, nor on the small gathering of members of the public who watched the proceedings.