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If you have travelled along Balmellie Road in the dark this week you may have seen red - but it's all for a good cause!


By Kirsty Brown


As part of Poppy Scotland's Light Up Red campaign the Friends Of Turriff Cemetery are lighting up the Memorial Arch – which pays hommage to locals lost in World War II – in red during the hours of darkness.

The group have also set their soldier 'Tommy' outline set in the Memorial Garden, formerly the Millenium Garden, aglow.

Both of the commemorative locations are expected to remain lit up until Monday, November 11.

Each year hundreds of locations across the country light up red in the days leading up to Armistice Day (November 11), with 200 unique places participating last year for the centenary of Armistice.

This is Turriff's first year taking part in the Light Up Red campaign.

The soldier outline in the memorial garden is glowing red in the dark this week.
The soldier outline in the memorial garden is glowing red in the dark this week.

A cross laying ceremony will take place at the Garden Of Remembrance behind Turriff's World War II memorial, beside Turriff Cemetery, on Saturday at 10.45am.

All are invited to attend to pay their respects and a short service will be conducted by Mary Murray.

Crosses will be available to purchase on the day for those wishing to participate, and teas and coffees will be provided at the Legion after the ceremony.

The annual armistice parade in Turriff will take place this Sunday.

The town's Memorial Arch is lit up for the Poppy Scotland appeal.
The town's Memorial Arch is lit up for the Poppy Scotland appeal.

The colour parties will leave from the Legion at 10.15am under the instruction of colour party commander John Exton to travel to The Square where they will be joined by the rest of the parade.

The Turriff procession will be led by Turriff And District Pipe Band.

The parade then heads to St Andrew's Parish Church for the service of remembrance, and the service will have an open plate with all of the money collected going to Poppy Scotland.

Following the service the parade will march to the war memorials beside Turriff Cemetery for the wreath laying before heading back to Turriff Legion where the parade will be disbanded.

The Boys' Brigade will continue to Schoolhill for a wreath laying ceremony at the Boys' Brigade memorial on the side of Turriff Academy.



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