Buchan pays tribute to fallen

Paying their respects at the Peterhead memorial.
Paying their respects at the Peterhead memorial.

Buchan folk paid their respects at the weekend to those who have fallen in service to their country.

All generations were represented at war memorials across the North-east corner, with the largest gatherings at Peterhead and Fraserburgh.

Those who paid tribute at the cenotaph at Peterhead’s South Road endured biting winds.

Local councillors joined representatives from the Army, Navy and Air Force at the event, which was attended by a good crowd of several hundred.

Wreaths were also laid at ceremonies in Mintlaw, Longside, Maud and New Deer, while there was a two-minute silence across the Shire at 11am.

First Minister Alex Salmond and all of the Scottish Cabinet members joined services across the country to remember those killed, injured or affected by the First and Second World Wars and all conflicts since.

Earlier this year, on August 10, 2014, Scotland held its first commemorative event to mark the centenary of the Great War with a Drumhead Service on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle, attended by more than 5,000 people, followed by a procession down the Royal Mile, watched by a 15,000-strong crowd.

This was the first of many events that will be held to bring people together to remember, reflect and express their gratitude to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in WWI and II and all conflicts since.

Full report and photographs from the local services in next week’s Buchanie.