Cupar pays silent tribute to the fallen

Remembrance service, Cupar
Remembrance service, Cupar

THE community of Cupar came together on Sunday to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

A Remembrance service conducted at the war memorial saw members of the public stand shoulder to shoulder with dignitaries and other invited guests, while members of the local clergy and the Royal British Legion (Cupar branch) paid a fitting tribute to those lost in both World Wars and conflicts since then.

Parade marshall Stewart Bett said he was very pleased with the amount of local people — both adults and children — who turned out to pay their respects.

“We were delighted that the service was so well attended, he said. “It was the biggest turn out we’ve had for a long time.”

After the two minutes’ silence a large number of wreaths were placed around the war memorial by organisations including the Royal British Legion, Fife Council, Fife Police and Fife Fire and Rescue Service, as well as youth groups including the Army Cadet Force, Cupar YMCA/YWCA, Scouts and Cubs, and the Girl Guides and Brownies.

Bell Baxter High School also played a leading role in proceedings with music from the school band, while a pupil laid a wreath at the memorial.

Sir Menzies Campbell MP and Colonel Sir John Gilmour, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Fife, also laid wreaths.

The service came to an end with thanks being given by the Royal British Legion Cupar branch chairman Alex Ness.

A wreath was also placed at the grave of Lance Corporal Charles Jarvis who received the first Victoria Cross of the First World War for his service in 57th Field Company, the Royal Engineers, and is buried at Cupar Cemetery.