Carrick remembers the fallen

Remembrance services were held across Carrick to honour those who had made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Remembrance Sunday in Maybole began with an ecumenical service in the Town Hall conducted by Rev Brian Hendrie.

During the first hymn, the flags of the local branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland were accepted from standard bearers Stephen Sinclair and Alex Gemmell.

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 Hendrie, chaplain to the local RBLS. Pipe Major Gavin Nicol 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; South Ayrshire Councillors Brian Connolly, Ann Galbraith and William Grant; Maybole Community Council; Maybole Council of Churches; Army Cadets; Scouts, Cubs; Brownies; Carrick Academy; Masonic Lodges; Apprentice Boys of Derry; Carrick Round Table; and the Fire Brigade.

After the service, the pipe band led the parade back to the Greenside with the salute being taken at the golf course’s 9th tee.

At Girvan there was a ceremony at the war memorial in Stair Park following church services in the town.

Wreaths were laid by councillor Alec Clark and local organisations including the air cadets and boys and girls brigade.

A small but simple ceremony took place in Barr to remember the men from the village who gave their lives in two world wars.

The ceremony was conducted by village resident Dr James Farquhar. A wreath was laid by Mr David Trotter, Chairman of the Barr Community Association and by South Ayrshire Councillor, Alec Oattes.

Following the wreath laying, Piper Hamish Denham played “The Floo’ers o’ the Forest.