Servicemen are remembered

Three local schoolchildren who took part in the cross laying. L to r, Charlotte Firth, Jake Joss and Liam Cherry.
Three local schoolchildren who took part in the cross laying. L to r, Charlotte Firth, Jake Joss and Liam Cherry.

The Longside branch of the Royal British Legion branch held their annual War Graves Parade on Sunday, May 11.

Branch members gathered at the local cemetery for a poppy and cross laying ceremony at the graves of servicemen who lost their lives while serving at Longside Airfield during WWII.

The RBL members gather at Longside FC clubhouse after the parade.  Standing front centre are l to r Lewis Buchan, parade commander; Bill McRae, president, and Harold Davidson, chairman.

The RBL members gather at Longside FC clubhouse after the parade. Standing front centre are l to r Lewis Buchan, parade commander; Bill McRae, president, and Harold Davidson, chairman.

This annual event is now in its 34th year and was attended by RBL members and friends, led by a piper with the service conducted by the local minister.

Three Longside pupils, Charlotte Firth, Jacke Joss and Liam Cherry, also took part in the cross-laying at the cemetery.

During the service prayers were said and hymns sung ending with a first-time flypast by aircraft from Longside Airfield.

After the service RBL members, wives and friends retired to Longside FC clubhouse to enjoy tea and refreshments.

One of the aircraft flying over the cemetery during flypast.

One of the aircraft flying over the cemetery during flypast.