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Communities remember local war fallen

By Alan Beresford

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BUCKIE and surrounding communities joined with others across the land on Sunday in bowing their heads in remembrance and gratitude to the war fallen.

A large crowd of young and old alike made their way to Cluny Square in Buckie to pay their respects, not just to those who fell in the two world wars but in the myriad conflicts since then.

At around 10.30am the parade got under way from outside the British Legion, commanded again by Peter Reid.

Veterans, currently serving military personnel and representatives from local organisations were joined by a large contingent from 1st Company Boys’ Brigade as the stirring sound of Buckie and District Pipe Band led the parade to the centre of town. Preceding them were a convoy of bikers.

As the parade made its way down High Street, local veteran John Grant, accompanied by his wife Pat, took the salute.

Providing music at the square were Buckie and District Community Choir.

Providing a striking backdrop to the proceedings at Cluny Square was a display of sewn, knitted and crocheted poppies draped from one of the turrets of Struan guest house. The flowers had been created thanks to a joint venture between Buckie's Roots and Buckie and District Arts and Crafts Group, featuring contributions from many groups, organisations and individuals.

The service this year was again led by Rev Canon Jeremy Paisey from Buckie All Saints Episcopal Church. Reading from the Scriptures was Buckie Church of Christ minister Rev Sam Burton.

Rev Canon Paisey prayed for those fighting in armed conflict, those who had been killed as a result of war, and those suffering conflict or terrorism across the world.

He also said prayers in memory of those who had fallen and those who are currently serving in many troubled and dangerous areas across the world.

The haunting notes of the Last Post, played by Janet Winterbourne, drifted across the square to herald the start of the two-minute silence at 11am. which was followed by the the traditional lament Flowers of the Forest.

As the wreath laying party paid their respects at the war memorial, the timeless Amazing Grace rang out.

Rev Canon Paisey ended the service with a plea for "peace and concord" across the globe.

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