Armistice Day - 11th November 2007
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A Day of Remembrance - Photos by Tony Kerrigan. Click on the images below to view full size.

This year Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday fell on the same day so services to remember Maybole’s war dead, which are normally held separately, were combined on Sunday. The first service was held in the Town Hall led by Rev Dave Whiteman and Fr Stephen McGrattan. The service began at 10am with Robert Malone and William Milligan carrying the colours of the Royal British Legion Scotland and the Union Flag into the packed hall to be received by the clergy. Elizabeth McJannetof Carrick Academy recited “In Flanders Fields” and Janetta Rodger read the lesson.

In his sermon Rev Whiteman reminded everyone. “Remembrance Day is, of course, the time set aside nationally to reflect; a time to remember, a time to mourn those who made the supreme sacrifice, who gave their lives in the First and Second World wars; and wars since, and wars going on at this moment in time; those who died that others that we might have hope.” He added, “Society needs to hear those poignant words of Binyon’s Lines:

“They shall not grow old,

As we that are left grow old.

Age shall not weary them,

Nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.”

“and those wonderful and moving words of the Kohima Epitaph:

“When you go home, tell them of us and say:

for your tomorrow, we gave our today”.

Following the service Maybole Pipe Band led the parade to the war memorial where at 11am there was the traditional two minute silence during a service led by Rev Whiteman and Fr McGrattan. Pipe Major Gavin Nicol, of Maybole Pipe Band, played the lament and Alex Kelly recited Binyon's Lines and the Kohima Epitaph.

Wreaths were laid by the local branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland, the Women’s Section of the branch, the armed Forces, Friends and Families, South Ayrshire Councillors Brian Connolly and Ann Galbraith, Maybole Town Twinning Association, Maybole Community Association, Maybole Council of Churches, Boys Brigade, Scouts, Cubs, Guides, Brownies, Carrick Academy, Masonic Lodges, Apprentice Boys of Derry, Carrick Round Table, and the local Fire Brigade. Afterwards the pipe band led the parade back to the Greenside for a short service when wreaths were laid at the flagpole whish is a war memorial, and miniature poppy crosses were planted by local people.