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Lest we forget: Remembrance Sunday on Bute

Rothesay and District Pipe Band lead the town's Remembrance Sunday parade at the Cenotaph.

Rothesay and District Pipe Band lead the town's Remembrance Sunday parade at the Cenotaph.

Bute joined the rest of the UK in observing two minutes’ silence at 11am on Sunday to remember those who gave their lives in the service of their country.

Several hundred people observed the silence at the Cenotaph in Rothesay, which was followed by the laying of wreaths on behalf of the Queen, Argyll and Bute Council, Bute Community Council, the Royal British Legion Scotland, the emergency services and other local uniformed organisations.

The Rothesay memorial service, conducted by the Rev Owain Jones of the United Church of Bute, was the second of four remembrance services on the island on Sunday.

The first took place at the Port Bannatyne war memorial at 10am, with afternoon services following at the Kingarth memorial and at North Bute Cemetery at Croc-an-Raer, the site of the graves of more than 20 merchant seamen who died during the Second World War on ships which were brought to Port Bannatyne for salvage.

Sunday morning’s service at the Rothesay Cenotaph closed with a reading by Burma Star veteran and Bute resident Gordon Scott of the famous Kohima Epitaph: “When you go home, tell them of us and say: for your tomorrow, we gave our today.”

 

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