Levenmouth & East Neuk communities pay their respects

Leading Cadet Amy Newell remembers the Fallen at Wellesley Parish Church, Methil. All pictures by George McLuskie.
Leading Cadet Amy Newell remembers the Fallen at Wellesley Parish Church, Methil. All pictures by George McLuskie.
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People up and down the country took time on Sunday to pay their respects to those who fought and fell for their country, and the situation was no different in Levenmouth and the East Neuk.

There was a large turnout, despite the damp and blustery conditions, at the parade to the Buckhaven and Methil War Memorial, with the Methil Sea Cadets in attendance and a special visit from a veterans group from the Royal Engineers.

Rev. Gillian Paterson led the Servicve at the War memorial in Methil.

Rev. Gillian Paterson led the Servicve at the War memorial in Methil.

At the memorial, Rev. Gillian Paterson read poems reflecting on the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and World War One, and reflected on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two.

Many extra wreaths were laid this year, including one from the community which was laid by the Buckhaven High School head boy Euan Williamson and head girl at Kirkland High School, Erin Campbell, as well as one from Methil Heritage Centre in memory of VC recipient Robert Dunsire.

This year’s service, held at Wellesley Parish Church, was on the theme of peace, and was attended by around 300 people.

The children from the youth organisations collected in small paper poppies which were issued at the start of the service and these were placed on a world map while Mrs Paterson read out the names of countries affected by war and conflict, or which had lost members of the armed services whilst involved in war.

The youth organisations were also involved in the service by reading prayers or Bible readings, and Megan Lawson, head girl at Buckhaven High School and Jay Hogg, head boy at Kirkland High School, read poems during the service which reflected on World War One and the Battle of Britain.

In Leven, around 100 people were in attendance for the annual service at the war memorial and parade down to Leven Parish Church, organised by the British Legion, followed by a church serice led by Rev. Gilbert Nisbet which was attended by cadets from the Army and Air Training Corps.

In Kennoway, there was a good turnout to the parade and service, great news for the local branch of the British Legion which had originally cancelled the event due to lack of support. Rev. Richard Baxter conducted services for both Windygates and Kennoway.

There was a good turnout from the East Neuk community who gathered together in Cellardyke for a parade from the church to the war memorial and back. Rev Arthur Christie conducted the service, which was on the theme of sacrifice and looking out for each other, with over 300 in attendance.

Meanwhile, Remembrance events kicked off early on Friday at Buckhaven High School. Pupils from both Buckhaven and Kirkland High Schools pupils put on an afternoon of entertainment for the congregations of the local churches, which included music, song and poetry, all focussing on the theme of remembrance.

There was also a static display of WW2 memorabilia from Homefront Histories at the event, which was organied by Claire McLeod, Buckhaven HS deputy head.

Pupils from Buckhaven & Kirkland high schools put on an afternoon of entertainment for the congregations of the local churches at Buckhaven High School for Remembrance

Pupils from Buckhaven & Kirkland high schools put on an afternoon of entertainment for the congregations of the local churches at Buckhaven High School for Remembrance