Falling membership could mark end of Kirkcaldy Remembrance parade

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Kirkcaldy’s future Remembrance Day parades could be in jeopardy if more people don’t come forward to join the town’s British Legion branch.

With preparations for this year’s parade in full swing and the number of participants looking healthy, branch secretary Jim Paterson is appealing for more younger members to come forward to offer their help with the organising of the annual event.

Following a meeting of the committee this week, Mr Paterson said the committee could not carry on indefinitely.

“The Kirkcaldy branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland has been in existence for many years, but the years have taken their toll and now we find that the membership has dropped to an all time low.

“If we cannot get new members and committee members we will be in a position where we may have to close the branch down, which could mean the end for future parades.”

This year’s parade will take place in Kirkcaldy on Sunday, November 8 at the War Memorial in the gardens in front of the town’s library and museum.

Marchers will assemble at the town square in time to set off at 10.30am to march up through Wemyssfield to the war memorial.

They will be led by the Kirkcaldy and District Pipe Band.

The service will be conducted by Captain Phillip James of the Salvation Army in the town and as well as representatives from all of the armed forces, will include local organisations such as the Guides and Scouts, representatives from the police, fire service and all four of Kirkcaldy’s high schools.

Kirkcaldy’s MP Roger Mullin, MSP David Torrance, Fife Councillors and the Lord Lieutenant of Fife and his wife will be in attendance, and as well as the pipe band, Dunfermline Brass Band will play and there will be a pipe and bugler.

Jimmy Sinclair (103), the country’s oldest surviving Desert Rat will represent his former regiment.

If anyone would like to join and keep the town’s branch going, it meets at Charley’s Bar in Dunearn Drive, every second Monday of each month, or you can contact Jim Paterson, on (01592) 568601.

Also contact Mr Paterson if you wish to lay a wreath.