Armistice Day events taking place across Perth and Kinross
On Sunday 11 November 2018, Remembrance Sunday and the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day coincide.
To honour local fallen servicemen and women, veterans, the serving military, civilian victims of the First World War and more recent conflicts as well as those who remained at home to support various war efforts, a range of commemorative events will be taking place across Perth and Kinross.
The day will begin at 6.00 am with a lone piper playing the 'Battle's O'er' (a traditional Scottish lament played at the end of battle) at St Ninian's Cathedral. This is part of a national event - Battle's Over - where 1000 individual pipers across the United Kingdom and countries around the world commence the day's commemorations with the same tune.
At 8.00 am Perth and Kinross Provost Dennis Melloy, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross, Brigadier Sir Melville Jameson, and Commanding Officer 7 SCOTS Lt Col Matt Sheldrick will lay wreaths at the 51st Memorial at the North Inch. This will be followed at 10.10am by a Civic parade, escorted by the The Society of High Constables of The City of Perth, which will lead through the streets of Perth from the Council buildings at 2 High Street to St John's Kirk.
The Remembrance Service will take place in St John's Kirk at 10.30 am, following which Reverend Murdoch will invite members of the congregation to join him and participate in the Walk of Gratitude. Members of the public not attending the service who wish to join the Walk of Gratitude are asked to assemble on St John Street at 11.20-11.30 am.
Walks of Gratitude were introduced by The Royal British Legion Scotland to provide an opportunity for members of the public to actively participate in remembrance events and follow directly behind a military parade in a Walk of Gratitude. Members of the public, especially young people joining the Perth Walk of Gratitude are encouraged to carry photographs or wear medals to represent their family members. Anyone who doesn't have an medal of photograph to carry can pick up a memorial card on the day to carry during the walk.
Led by Perth & District Pipe Band, the Walk of Gratitude will follow the military parade, including military vehicles, on a route from St John Street - South Street - Tay Street - High Street - George Street - to Perth Concert Hall.
From 12 noon to 2.00 pm Provost Melloy will host a public civic reception in the foyer of Perth Concert Hall. The reception includes refreshments and entertainment from Perthshire Brass, The McAndrews Sisters, and a specially composed piece of music as part of the Armistice iPlay4Peace event. Outside the Concert Hall there will also be a replica Spitfire and military vehicle display from 12.00 noon to 3.00pm.
Remembrance Day Parades will also be taking place in communities across Perth and Kinross as the community joins together to mark the day. Parade routes for each event are below:
- Auchterarder Remembrance Parade - High Street - Montrose Road - Abbotsfield Terrace - John Law Court.
- Kinross Remembrance Parade - High Street - St Ronan's Drive, Kinross
- Crieff Remembrance Parade - Ferntower Road - A85(T) Perth Road - Strathearn Terrace - Mitchell Street - East High Street - High Street - West High Street - James Square - King Street, Crieff
- Alyth Remembrance Parade - Bamff Road - Airlie Street, Alyth
- Pitlochry Remembrance Parade - West Moulin Road - A924 Atholl Road - Bonnethill Road, Pitlochry
- Blairgowrie Remembrance Parade - Lower Mill Street - Wellmeadow - Gas Brae, Blairgowrie
- Comrie Remembrance Parade - A85 Burrell Street - Dundas Street - Dunira Street - Bridge Street -Dalginross
- Coupar Angus Remembrance Parade - The Cross - Blairgowrie Road - School Road
- Muthill Remembrance Parade - A822 Thornhill Street - Pitkellony Street, Muthill
- Burrelton Remembrance Parade - A94 High Street, Burrelton
- Abernethy Remembrance Parade - School Wynd - Main Street, Abernethy
- Braco Remembrance Parade - A822 Front Street, Braco
- Blair Atholl Remembrance Parade - B8079 - A9(T) - B8079, Blair Atholl
Perth and Kinross Provost Dennis Melloy said: "Perth and Kinross owes its veterans a great debt of gratitude and we are proud to remember those who gave their lives in conflict to preserve our freedoms. Remembrance Sunday is a day for reflection and for taking time out to pay tribute to our veterans and their fallen comrades as well as the serving military."
Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross, Brigadier Sir Melville Jameson said: "This weekend church services and parades across Perthshire and Kinross will remember the many brave Servicemen and Women who fought and died in The Great War. On this 100th Anniversary of The Armistice it is our opportunity to show our gratitude to them and honour those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
"In the City of Perth a large parade will take place following Remembrance Services on Sunday, which will include serving and reserve soldiers and veterans, WW1 vehicles, uniformed youth groups including Cadets, Boys' Brigade, Scouts and Girl Guides as well as school children, 'Marching with Gratitude'. The bells of St John's Kirk and our other churches will ring out at 12.30 pm joining churches across the nation."