The people of Angus joined together for a candlelit vigil in Forfar on Monday evening to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1.
The service of reflection and remembrance at The Cross was attended by over 400 who were welcomed by the Reverend Andy McCafferty, honorary chaplain of the Royal British Legion Scotland Forfar Branch.
A lone piper led the official party from the Town and County Hall. It included Mrs Helen Oswald, Provost of Angus and Mrs Georgiana Osborne, the Lord-Lieutenant of Angus.
Mrs Osborne stood alongside seven pupils from the county’s individual burghs, including Ryan Kopel from Kirriemuir and Jonathan Fenwick from Forfar.
One by one the pupils stepped forward to extinguish their candles, and on the strike of 11 p.m. Mrs Osborne extinguished the Angus candle.
The timing was perfect and significant as, 100 years ago at 11 p.m. on August 4, Britain declared war on Germany.
Monday evening’s service, which co-incided with similar ‘Lights Out’ events throughout the country, included the reading of ‘In Flanders Field’ by former Forfar Academy pupil Caitlin Adams, a prayer by Major Jim McCluskey of the Salvation Army and a blessing by Father Brian McLean, RC Diocese of Dunkeld.
The Reverend Mike Goss of Angus Presbytery gave the exhortation ‘For the Fallen’ and there was a performance of ‘Song of the Lost’ which was specially written and performed for the occasion by Gleadhraich, Angus Cultural Ambassadors.
For video footage of the service visit our websites www.forfardispatch.co.uk and www.kirriemuirherald.co.uk