Tributes paid to the fallen

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Services and wreath-laying ceremonies in communities around Forfar and Kirriemuir marked Remembrance Sunday, as the county remembered its war dead.

In Forfar, a good turnout from the public at the act of Remembrance at The Cross, which was conducted by members of the local clergy, swelled the ranks of local youth organisations, schools, community groups and members of the Royal British Legion
Scotland.

The event was also attended by Sandy Watson, Deputy Lieutenant of Angus; local MSP Nigel Don and local councillors, as well as members of Forfar Community Council.

Isobel Ross, community council chairwoman, said the day had gone “extremely well” and she was pleased to see so many people in attendance.

She said: “There was a great turnout and it was good to see all the youth organisations and Forfar Academy pupils turning out. It’s good to see them every year and this time there seemed to be more of them.”

In Kirriemuir and district, there were services at the Old Parish Church, conducted by Rev. Malcolm Rooney as well as wreath-laying ceremonies at the war memorial on Kirrie Hill and at Cortachy war memorial.

Local councillor Major Ronnie Proctor also praised local young people for their attendance.

He said: “That was manifest at the church where there was a lot of young people and every youth group was well represented.

“Generally the number of people attending in the area seems to be increasing year on year and that’s good to see. With the current conflict in Afghanistan, people can relate to it.

“And we have to remember that Remembrance Day isn’t about glorifying what has happened, but to remind people that it shouldn’t happen again.”