Tribute to local hero in Tayport

Liam Tasker and Theo

Liam Tasker and Theo

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THE Tayport community will pay tribute to a local hero next week on the first anniversary of his death.

Lance Corporal Liam Tasker’s name is to be added to the town’s war memorial during a re-dedication ceremony on Thursday, March 1.

Liam died on the same date last year at the age of just 26 when he was shot by the Taliban while on patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Also killed was his faithful companion Theo, a spaniel-cross trained to sniff out explosives and bomb-making equipment.

Together the pair had located a record number of devices as part of 1st Military Working Dog Regiment and were credited with saving the lives of countless servicemen.

SPIRITUAL

Next Thursday Liam’s name will be added to the war memorial in Tayport — the town where he grew up and considered his ‘spiritual home’.

The re-dedication proceedings will begin shortly after 12.30pm when the colour party and standard bearers from the local branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland march from the bowling club to Tayport Parish Church, where Liam’s funeral service took place.

A church service will be followed by the re-dedication ceremony at the war memorial opposite the church.

‘The Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’ will be sounded on the bugle, while a piper will play ‘Lament’ and lines from Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘For the Fallen’ will be recited.

After the ceremony refreshments will be available in the Bell Rock Tavern on Dalgleish Street.