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Dufftown marks 75th anniversary of VE Day


By Jonathan Clark

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Meg Gray take a moment to remember at the Dufftown War Memorial. ..75th anniversary celebrations of VE Day in Dufftown, Moray. ..Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Meg Gray take a moment to remember at the Dufftown War Memorial. ..75th anniversary celebrations of VE Day in Dufftown, Moray. ..Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

DUFFTOWN marked the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday with a series of events around town.

While social distancing was implemented throughout due to the coronavirus pandemic, the people of Dufftown still found way to mark the occasion.

A service took place at Mortlach Kirk, wreaths were laid at the town’s War Memorial and folk around town held garden parties.

Meg Gray with her family - sister Hannah, father Barry and mother Nicola -ahead of their VE Day garden party. ..75th anniversary celebrations of VE Day in Dufftown, Moray. ..Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Meg Gray with her family - sister Hannah, father Barry and mother Nicola -ahead of their VE Day garden party. ..75th anniversary celebrations of VE Day in Dufftown, Moray. ..Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Claire Porter, secretary of the Dufftown Royal British Legion, said: “People took the social distancing in their stride and stepped up to the mark by holding 1945 style tea parties and decorating their houses. The displays were fantastic.

“Dufftown has a fantastic community and the British Legion is and has always been well supported by the community.

“Commemorative events are huge part of the British Legion. All ages are involved from young children to people over 90.”

The Legion’s VE Day vintage tea party has been postponed until post-lockdown. Hope remains that their will be a chance to commemorate VJ Day (Victory in Japan Day) in September.

Claire had a special word of thanks for Ella Morrison and Lilian Grant, who hand-made bunting which was spread around town.

You can see some of that bunting in this video, recorded by Jean Macdonald, which gives viewers a quick glimpse at the town's VE Day celebrations.

Elsewhere, Dufftown and District Pipe Band member Chris Jameson marked the moment on the pipes.

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