Remembrance Day call for Banchory

Legion Scotland Banchory and District branch chairman Alistair Black, left, and Chris Collins, president of Deeside Veterans Breakfast Club
Legion Scotland Banchory and District branch chairman Alistair Black, left, and Chris Collins, president of Deeside Veterans Breakfast Club

The Banchory community is being encouraged to play its part in Sunday’s Remembrance Day parade.

Legion Scotland says it is not only for service or ex-service personnel, but for anyone who wants to pay their respects.

The parade will assemble at the town’s Gordon Highlander Memorial at 9.20am and will begin with wreath-laying, a prayer and lament.

Participants will then be led by Banchory Pipe Band to the burgh memorial for further wreath-laying and prayers before parading along High Street, where the salute will be taken by Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire, Carol Kinghorn.

The parade will continue along High Street and down Dee Street to Bellfield car park.

At 10.10am, colour parties will assemble outside Banchory Ternan East Parish Church, where a service of remembrance will be held at 10.30am.

Organisers are hoping local people will turn out on the day

Chris Collins, president of Deeside Veterans Breakfast Club, said: “It’s mainly older people on the parade and there are lots of younger veterans in and around the Banchory area who should be on the parade and relatives of veterans, who are more than welcome to come and join us.

“It is for everybody. It’s a low key, local event with a certain amount of military input.”

Legion Scotland Banchory and District branch chairman Alistair Black said it was important for the local community to remember those gave their lives in conflicts.

He added: “We want people to come along, even if it is just to watch.

“There have been 29 conflicts since the Second World War which have resulted in thousands of British miltary deaths and many more injured. The Legion are the guardians of remembrance and we are trying to get people instilled into remembering the sacrifice to give us the freedoms we have at this moment in time.”