Times of Falkirk district Remembrance services

Falkirk Provost Pat Reid lays a wreath at the service in Shieldhill which was attended by around 400 people. Picture: Alan Rennie
Falkirk Provost Pat Reid lays a wreath at the service in Shieldhill which was attended by around 400 people. Picture: Alan Rennie

Hundreds gathered in Shieldhill on Sunday for a special remembrance service to honour the soldiers who perished in the First World War.

The service was organised by the Braes War Commemoration Society, specially set up by organisations in the area to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the war through a series of events and ceremonies.

Sunday’s parade started in Crossbrae and made its way to the village’s war memorial in Main Street where wreaths were laid by local dignitaries and young children paying their respects.

Grand Master of the Sir William Wallace Grand Lodge of Free Colliers, a group which is part of the commemoration society, said: “We believe there were around 400 people who attended the parade which shows the great amount of respect people in the Braes area have for all the men from World War One.

“Children from Shieldhill Primary School also got involved which is great to see. It’s important the next generation know about the sacrifices these men made for 
their future.

“The group was formed after a call was made for local communities to commemorate World War One in the 100th anniversary year and we thought it was important that this community did so and we have received great support.”

The Falkirk Council Festival of Remembrance event is being held in Falkirk Town Hall on Saturday at 7 p.m. featuring entertainment and solemn reflection with local mezzo-soprano Laura Margaret Smith accompanied by Pietro Bonfilio, the Sunbeam Singers, Unison Kinneil Band, Denny Primary School Choir and compere Bill Black. Tickets are £5 from the Steeple Box Office (01324) 508650 and all proceeds will go to Scottish ex-service charities.

District Remembrance Sunday Services

Falkirk: Service at the Cenotaph in Camelon Road at 9.45 a.m. before a service at Falkirk Trinity Church at 11 a.m.

Grangemouth: The parade will leave the British Legion at 10.15 a.m. for Zetland Church for a service at 10.45 a.m. before a wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph around noon.

Bo’ness: Service at Bo’ness Old Kirk at 10.45 a.m. and then service at Cenotaph at 12.15 p.m.

Bonnybridge: Service conducted by Rev. George MacDonald of Bonnybridge St Helen’s Parish Church and Father Kevin Dow of St Joseph’s RC Church at the First World War Memorial at 12.30 p.m. The procession will leave the community centre at 12.20 p.m.

Camelon: There will be a short service at the Anchor Memorial, Easter Carmuirs at 11.15 a.m. to remember the Royal Merchant and Allied Naval Forces, following the service at the Cenotaph.

Denny: Service at war memorial in garden of Broompark Centre, Duke Street at 10.40 a.m., re-dedication of war memorial

Maddiston: The first remembrance service at the village’s new war memorial will be conducted by Capt. David Robertson of the Salvation Army at 10.50 a.m. prompt.

Polmont: The service at the Cenotaph at Polmont Old Parish Church starts at 12.15 p.m. Members of Braes Social Club will be laying a wreath for the final time as an organisation.