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Keith and Mulben remember the fallen

By Sarah Rollo

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SILENCE fell over Keith and its surrounding communities as young and old alike stopped to remember the sacrifice made in the two world wars and subsequent conflicts.

Veterans march to the war memorial in Keith.
Picture: Becky Saunderson.
Veterans march to the war memorial in Keith. Picture: Becky Saunderson.

Crowds gathered at the town's War Memorial for the Remembrance Sunday service, which was led by Reverend Sarah Palmer assisted by other local church leaders.

A parade, which included veterans and serving military personnel as well as representatives of local organisations and youth groups, went from the Keith & District branch of the Royal British Legion to the Church Road War Memorial.

There, the salute was received by Lieutenant Colonel Gordon McKen, from Huntly.

Carol Milton, vice-chairman of the local Legion, said the town's pipe and brass bands took part in the service, which included the wreath-laying ceremony.

She said: "It went really well. There would be between 300 and 400 people there and representatives from all the local groups. We had a really good turnout from the youngsters, which was great to see."

Elsewhere, wreath laying ceremonies and Services of Remembrance played out in communities around Keith – from Cabrach to Newmill and from Mulben to Grange.

Veterans and serving members of the armed forces were among those who fell silent, as were local dignitaries, councillors and politicians, members of the lieutenancy and community representatives.

In Dufftown, two Chelsea Pensioners were among those who took part in the parade, which was organised by the Dufftown Royal British Legion Scotland. The service of Remembrance at the Memorial was led by Rev George Rollo with Brigadier Hugh Monro taking the salute.

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