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VIDEO: WW1 commemoration at Rothesay memorial

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A short service marking the one hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War was held at Rothesay’s war memorial on Friday.

The service was organised by the Isle of Bute branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland and led by the branch’s chaplain, the Rev Andrew Swift of St Paul’s Church in Rothesay.

It was followed by a brief service of re-dedication at the nearby VJ Day memorial stone in Montague Street marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in the Far East.

At both services a lament was played by piper Iain Tait, while the Last Post and Reveille were sounded by local trumpet player John Blick.

Present at both services were three Rothesay residents, Gordon Scott, Robert McLellan and Hector di Guiseppe, who are all veterans of the campaign in Burma.

They, and several other members of the congregation at both services, were then present at the official opening of a small museum of military memorabilia, including medals, caps and remnants from the Battle of the Somme, at the Legion branch’s office in nearby Deanhood Place.

 

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