Armed Forces Day ceremony to be held in Girvan

After a campaign for the last five years, a Girvan resident is set to get his wish as an Armed Forces Day ceremony will be held in the town later this month.

Bobby Sweeney, who served in Libya and Suez during the 1950’s has always wanted the town to celebrate the Forces and now thanks to help from Girvan Town Team co-ordinator Roddy MacDonald it is going to happen.

On Saturday 27 June, at Girvan’s Stumpy Tower an event to mark Armed Forces Day will get underway from 2.30pm.

Bobby explains: “I have been very keen for the past 5 years that the Town marks the bravery and service of our Armed Forces here locally in Girvan. The event being planned is not a Remembrance Service but a Flag Raising event. It is a matter of planting some small acorns this year developing into a larger annual event in the Town in future years.”

The flag raising ceremony is set to be attended by South Ayrshire Council provost Helen Moonie and Roddy is also anticipating there will be represntatives there from the Armed Forces and local uniformed organisations including the Girvan Boys Brigade, who would help with the flag raising and the scouts.

Reverend Ian McLachlan of Girvan’s South Parish Church will also be on hand to say a few respectful words about the forces.

Town Team co-ordinator Roddy MacDonald said: “It will be a wonderful local event and I would encourage as many groups and individuals as possible to congregate at Stumpy Tower to celebrate Armed Forces Day here in Girvan.”

Councillor Alec Clark has backed the plans and added: “It’s only right we acknowledge the enthusiasm of Bobby Sweeney who has been trying to pull all this together.

“I’m delighted that Girvan is going to be holding it’s own day for the armed forces and it will give the people of Girvan a chance to pay their respects to those forces from the area who have served in conflicts over the years.

“Here’s hoping we get the weather for it.”

Any group which wishes to be part of the celebration is encouraged to contact Roddy Mac Donald by email on roddymacdonaldayr@gmail.com or by telephone on 07720540083.