Carrick remembers a century after outbreak of Great War

Villages and towns across Carrick remembered the fallen in moving remembrance ceremonies and parades 100 years after the start of the First World War.

In Girvan there was a wreath laying service at the Cenotaph in Stair Park before a parade to the North Parish Church and the on to the Garden of Remembrance.

The scouts lay a wreath at Maybole

The scouts lay a wreath at Maybole

Remembrance Sunday in Maybole began with an ecumenical service in the Town Hall conducted by Rev Brian Hendrie. During the first hymn – O God our help in ages past - the flags of the local branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland were accepted from standard bearers Stephen Sinclair and Alex Gemmell.

Carrick Academy school captains Alison Ronald and Jade McMorland played a key part in the service; Alison reading a passage from the bible and Jade giving a personal reflection on what the day means to her.

Following the service, Maybole Pipe Band led the parade to the war memorial for the traditional two minute silence and a wreath-laying service led by Rev Brian Hendrie, chaplain to the local RBLS. Pipe Sergeant Kevin McDermott played the lament and Alex Kelly recited Binyon’s Lines and the Kohima Epitaph.

Taking part in the parade and laying poppy wreaths were many local organisations including the local branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland; Adam Ingram MSP representing the Scottish Parliament; South Ayrshire Councillors Brian Connolly, Ann Galbraith and William Grant; Maybole Community Council; Maybole Community Association; Families and Friends; Maybole Town Twinning Association; Maybole Council of Churches; Army Cadets; Scouts and Cubs; Guides and Brownies; Carrick Academy; Masonic Lodges; Apprentice Boys of Derry; Carrick Round Table; and the Fire Brigade.

In Colmonell wreaths were laid at the village war memorial followed by a church service at St Colmon Church.

At Ballantrae there was a church service followed by wreath laying at the war memorial in the village. There were also wreath laying services at Barr and Barrhill war memorials and a service at the war memorial in the garden of Pinwherry on Armstice Day, Tuesday, November 11.

There were also church services and wreath laying at Minishant, Kirkoswald, Straiton, Kirkmichael, Dunure and Crosshill. Barr villagers turned out for a moving ceremony at the village’s war memorial where poppy wreaths were laid by Cllr Alec Oattes on behalf of South Ayrshire Council and David Trotter on behalf of the village’s Community Association.

Later, the party moved to the Barr Kirkyard, where a wreath was laid at the grave of Pte. G. McCrindle of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers who died on 26 July 1918 and who lies in Barr Kirkyard in a Commonwealth War Grave.