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Remembrance events will take place in Forres on Thursday, November 11 and Sunday, November 14


By Garry McCartney

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The parade making its way down Forres High Street in 2018.
The parade making its way down Forres High Street in 2018.

ROYAL British Legion (Scotland) is organising two public Remembrance events in Forres.

RBS Forres secretary, Mary Sobey, has confirmed that there will be a short service at the War Memorial on Thursday at 10.45am then further Remembrance and a High Street parade on Sunday.

She said: “It’s important to have services of Remembrance, not only for the fallen of years gone by but for currently serving military personnel who keep us safe and risk making the ultimate sacrifice.

They are also a mark of respect for the valour of veterans past and present, and for their bravery in helping others.”

A former RAF communications servicewoman, Mary often thinks of her father, grandfather and uncles who served and have since passed away.

She said: “RBL and Poppy Scotland are celebrating 100 years of helping veterans. Remembrance may only be held at this time of year but many people are remembered all year round.”

Standard Bearers standing to attention at Market Green during 2018's service.
Standard Bearers standing to attention at Market Green during 2018's service.

On November 14, attendees will be welcomed into St Leonard’s Church at 10.30am. Reverend Donald Prentice will take the service which will end at noon.

A parade will set off at 12.05pm, including soldiers from 39 Engineer Regiment, RBL members, Forres and District Pipe Band, 446 Forres Squadron Air Cadets, Air Training Corps, 1st Forres Scouts Forres Guides and 2nd Forres Boys’ Brigade Company.

A wreath laying ceremony starts at 12.15pm, featuring dignitaries including Lord Lieutenant of Moray, Major General Seymour Monro CBE LVO, Douglas Ross MP, Moray Councillor Lorna Creswell and Kinloss Barracks Officer Commanding, Lieutenant Colonel, Adam Birley.

“Seymour Monro and Adam Birley will do readings,” added Mary. “RBL Scotland chairman Gavin Thornton will say the Tryst.”

The parade will then move back up through the town at 12.30pm before it is dismissed at RBL Forres.

“We’ll gather back at the Legion for stovies,” added Mary, “and drink a toast to fallen comrades.”

Pipe Major Barry Ashby of RAF Lossiemouth Pipe Band playing in Remembrance at the Forres War Memorial.
Pipe Major Barry Ashby of RAF Lossiemouth Pipe Band playing in Remembrance at the Forres War Memorial.


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