Hundreds attend Glenrothes remembrance services

Armistace Day Parade Glenrothes 2015. All pictures by Steven Brown Photography
Armistace Day Parade Glenrothes 2015. All pictures by Steven Brown Photography
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People from across the Glenrothes area came together to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the various wars and conflicts.

Hundreds turned out to pay their respects and conduct private acts of remembrance for loved ones on Armistice Day, as wreaths were laid and services held across the various communities.

Glenrothes and Central Fife MP Peter Grant and councillor Bill Brown, chairman of the town’s area committee, joined military personnel, community leaders, families and individuals at the war memorial in Glenrothes to honour those who had lost their lives.

A pipe band lead the short march from the Golden Acorn hotel to the war memorial, erected in the town in 2007 following the deaths of Glenrothes Black watch soldiers Marc Ferns and Scott McArdle, both of whom were killed while serving in Iraq.

People also gathered at war memorials across the area including Markinch, Leslie, Thornton, Star of Markinch, Kinglassie and Coaltown of Balgonie where silences as clocks reached 11 o’clock were impeccably observed.

Aftwards, Peter Grant MP praised those involved.

“It’s hugely important that we take the time to come together and reflect on the sacrifice ofthose who gave their lives for us,” he told the Gazette.

“We should also remember the price still being paid by those who will bear the physical or mental scars for the rest of their lives, and the impact this has on their families.

“In remembering the terrible price of war we should also be redoubling our efforts to avoid war and violence where possible.

“I’m sure I wasn’t the only one praying that we never have to add any more names to those of the two young Glenrothes men whose memory we honoured on Sunday.”

Major Ken Alan Ritchie with nephews Finlay James (7) and Emma Rose Pratt (4)

Major Ken Alan Ritchie with nephews Finlay James (7) and Emma Rose Pratt (4)