Lord Lieutenant unveils war memorial

Lord Lieutenant Margaret Dean performs the unveiling (Photo by Fife Photo Agency)
Lord Lieutenant Margaret Dean performs the unveiling (Photo by Fife Photo Agency)

A crowd of about 300 turned out in Falkland on Sunday to see the unveiling of the village’s new war memorial.

Located in the heart of Falkland at Brunton Green, the memorial is dedicated to the 77 local men who died in conflicts across the world.

A parade, led by the Scots Guard Association pipe band, included representatives of the Black Watch Association, Scots Guards cadets and the armed forces.

The unveiling was performed by Fife Lord Lieutenant Margaret Dean, with others attending including the local minister, parish priest, depute Fife Provost Kay Morrison, Falkland Primary School pupils, members of Falkland and Newton of Falkland Community Council, stonemason Colin Sweeney and representatives of the War Memorial Trust.

A particularly moving moment was the release of doves at the memorial during the playing of Reveille.

Local councillor David MacDiarmid said he was proud to have been part of the team that turned an idea into reality.

He described the ceremony as “absolutely fantastic,” attracting 15 standard bearers and people from as far afield as Aberdeen and Jedburgh. “It was a very fitting tribute and I hope everyone who attended felt proud of the memorial.”

A few days earlier, Falkland Primary pupils buried a time capsule at the site.