Maybole remembers on Armistice Day

Callie and her owner Jane McCulloch
Callie and her owner Jane McCulloch

Armistice Day, held on November 11 every year, commemorates the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany at 11 am on 11 November 1918 - the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

Although hostilities continued in some areas, the armistice essentially brought an end to World War I.

Last Tuesday. November 11, as the Town Hall clock struck 11am, there was the traditional two minutes silence during a service at the Greenside. This service was attended by the Maybole Branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland, the community council and several other local organisations and all four schools.

The service was led by Rev. Brian Hendrie, Carrick Academy pupil Iain Fisher played the lament and Alex Kelly recited Binyon’s Lines. After the service, wreaths and poppy crosses were laid.

One difference this year was Callie and her owner Jane McCulloch, paying their respects to the horses killed in action during the war and all the lives lost.

Jane said later: “I had a good cry once I got Callie back to her stable. I was so proud of her today. She is an amazing little horse.”

After the service, Jane had been approached by someone who told the story of his father who had fought in the First World War on horseback and was shot in the leg. The bullet passed through his leg and killed his horse.

The son said he was very touched that Jane had made this effort to remember the horses, and all animals, who died in service to their country along with the soldiers.