Renfrewshire will pay tribute to those lost in service in the Armed Forces as communities come together for a weekend of remembrance.
The services this year are especially poignant as 2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War.
Renfrewshire’s annual Children’s Remembrance Service will take place on Friday 9th November and will be held at the Mossvale and St James Primary School campus in Paisley.
The Royal British Legion Scotland– Paisley Comrades Division will attend to give pupils the opportunity to ask questions about the veteran’s experiences and the work of the Legion, before a minute’s silence is observed at 10am.
Commemorative events have been arranged on Armistice Day at cenotaphs or war memorials across Renfrewshire, with a special evening service being held in Paisley Abbey to mark the centenary of the armistice of the Great War.
The service in the Abbey will be followed by a concert of music, song and poetry performed by the Starlight Youth Music Theatre, Chamber Choir and the Johnstone Brass Band, beginning at 6:30pm and tickets are available directly from Paisley Abbey.
Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron, said: “It is important that we continue to remember the sacrifices that the members of the Armed Forces have made for us and educate our younger generations on what has gone before them.
“Renfrewshire has a proud military tradition and the services of commemoration are a chance to recognise those who have done so much to shape past, present and future generations.
“I would encourage you to come along to any of the services and pay your respects to the fallen.”
Services in Renfrewshire
Paisley: 10.45am at War Memorial, on High Street
Renfrew: 10.45am at War Memorial, Hairst Street
Johnstone: 12.30pm at ‘Lone Solider’ War Memorial, Houstoun Square
Kilbarchan: 10.00am at War Memorial. There will be a service of Remembrance at the War Memorial and laying of wreaths. Boy’s Brigade parade along Barn Green to Ewing Street past the Steeple into Steeple Square and arrive at Kilbarchan Parish Church.
Howwood: 12pm at War Memorial, Bowfield Road
Elderslie: 2.30pm at War Memorial, within Abbey Cemetery, Abbey Road
Bridge of Weir: 3.00pm at War Memorial at Kilbarchan Road
Houston: 10.00am at War Memorial at Junction of Mainstreet and Barochan Road
Lochwinnoch: 10.45am at Lochwinnoch War Memorial, Harvey Square
Kilmacolm: 5.45am at War Memorial (Kilmacolm Cross) at Lochwinnoch Road – To mark the centenary of the signing of the Armistice, pipers and drummers all over the world will play the retreat march, When the Battle’s O’er, at 6am. Local pipers and drummers join St Columba’s School Pipe Band at the War Memorial to collectively pay their respects.
Bishopton: 10.50am at Erskine Care Home for Veterans
Barrhead: 2.30pm at War Memorial in Cowan Park. A parade will leave the United Services Club at 2pm and march to the park for 2pm.
Neilson: 12.00pm at War Memorial, adjacent to St Thomas Church on Main Street.
Newton Mearns: 11.00am at War Memorial (Mearns Cross), Ayr Road. Organised by the local branch of the British Legion the parade will leave Fairweather Hall at 10.50am to reach the memorial for 11am.
Newton Mearns: 11.30am at Newton Mearns Synagogue on Larchfield Avenue.
Giffnock: 7pm at Giffnock South Parish Church, on Greenhill Avenue.
East Renfrewshire Provost Jim Fletcher, said: “Remembrance Sunday gives us all an opportunity to mark the area’s fallen war heroes, honouring those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.
“This day of remembrance gives us time to reflect, as well as showing our respect and gratitude to our armed forces.
“This year marks 100 years since the end of the First World War and I am honoured to have the opportunity to be a part of these services.”