Girvan hold first ceremony for Armed Forces Day

Reverend Ian McLachlan kicked off the Armed Forces Day ceremony.
Reverend Ian McLachlan kicked off the Armed Forces Day ceremony.

Girvan held its first ceremony to celebrate the Armed Forces on Saturday and were blessed with fantastic weather.

The event had been campaigned for by Girvan’s Bobby Sweeney, who served in Libya and Suez during the 1950s.

Roddy Leitch with the boys brigade as the flag prepares to be unfurled.

Roddy Leitch with the boys brigade as the flag prepares to be unfurled.

It was finally brought to fruition for 2015 through the efforts of Girvan Town Team co-ordinator Roddy MacDonald and the ceremony saw attendance from veterans, local councillors Alec Clark, Alec Oattes and John McDowall, uniformed organisations and the Provost of South Ayrshire Helen Moonie.

It was piper John Wilson who got proceedings underway before the Reverend Ian McLachlan roused the guests at Stumpy Tower with a short speech detailing the history of the Armed Forces Day across the UK and to welcome everyone.

Harbourmaster Roddy Leitch, ably assisted by youngsters from the Girvan Boys Brigade did a splendid job of unfurling the flag which was held up in the wind.

The veterans then saluted as one as everyone bowed in prayer and benediction to give thanks to the forces who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country and those who continue to serve. The pipes then resumed before Provost Moonie gave a fitting vote of thanks to those who made this event possible. Organisers are extremely keen that Girvan has a bigger celebration for the Armed Forces next year.