Poignant Remembrance service at Kirkcaldy war memorial

Pictures: Steven Gunn
Pictures: Steven Gunn

Pupils from all four of Kirkcaldy’s high schools played their part in Kirkcaldy’s Remembrance Day Parade on Sunday.

Some 48 wreaths were laid at the War Memorial - many from community groups and businesses along with the services and politicians.

Special guests at the service included Jimmy Sinclair, who at 103 years, represented his former regiment, Chestnut Troop of the 1st Royal Horse Artillery.

He was joined by armed forces representatives, local dignitaries including Roger Mullin laying his first wreath as MP, the Lord Lieutenant of Fife, and the emergency services who gathered in the Town Square to through the gardens to the memorial, led by the Kirkcaldy and District Pipe Band.

The service was conducted by Captain Phillip James of the Salvation Army. Dunfermline Town Band played along with a lone piper and bugler.

Afterwards, refreshments were served in the Adam Smith Theatre, where senior pupils from St Andrews High School gave a moving account of their Easter trip to the Battlefields of Belgium and France, and shared some of the poetry connected with that period of history.

They were joined by former pupil Adele Ward who sang ‘Dream a Little Dream’ accompanied by Aidan McColl, head boy, on bass.

The pupils then joined others from Balwearie, Kirkcaldy and Viewforth High Schools in a choir that led invited guests in a sing-along.

Jim Paterson, secretary of the Kirkcaldy branch of the Royal British Legion which organised the parade, said: “It was a very good event this year with a great turnout from organisations and the public.

“The input from all the schools was tremendous and we would like to thank them for their hard work.”

Services were also held in Kinghorn, Burntisland, and Aberdour as well as towns throughout the region.

A day for reflection...

The bell at the Town House tolled on the stroke of 11.00 a.m.

The only sound around the war memorial was a bugler playing the Last Post.
Leaves fell from trees as we stood in silence in memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

It was an honour to be invited to lay a wreath on behalf of the Fife Free Press - and we were just one of a number of local businesses and community organisations which took part in the 2015 parade and ceremony which was extremely well organised once again by the Kirkcaldy branch of the Royal British Legion.

We stood with local churches, Raith Rovers and Forbo Nairn - just three of the 48 groups to lay wreaths.

It was good to see all the schools involved too, and the age range moved up to feature the evergreen Jimmy Sinclair, the last surviving Desert Rat, at the age of 103 guided with the lightest of touches to the memorial to pay his respects.

A day for us all to remember and reflect.

ALLAN CROW