Remembrance Sunday 12th November 2023 Round-up

Report from Lord Lieutenant Jeanna Swan:

Richard and I attended the Remembrance Day Ceremony in Duns Park where I laid a wreath on the main memorial and the Polish Memorial. (The wreath bearer was Hayley Shaw’s daughter from Preston) We then attended the church service in the Parish Church when I did one of the readings. After that we went to the saluting platform to take the salute as the parade marched past.

In the afternoon we went to the Remembrance Day Service in Eyemouth Parish Church which has been newly renovated and is very warm and welcoming. After the service we marched down to the War Memorial behind the Pipe Band and laid a wreath on the Memorial. I was attended by my Lord Lieutenants Sea Cadet Able Cadet Fletcher who carried the wreath and looked very smart saluting the memorial.

Report from Harry Frew, Vice LL: I laid a wreath at Hutton War memorial. I felt this was quite important this year, following the recent closure of the Church circa 6 weeks previously. (Very sad, but a sign of the times for the Church. It is now for sale.) I then laid another one at Paxton War memorial later in the morning. Paxton will take over some of the Hutton community worship.

Report from Tim Culham DL: I laid the LL’s wreath at the Greenlaw War Memorial at 11:00 after the Remembrance Day service in the Church.   There were other wreaths laid on behalf of a few Greenlaw community bodies.   The service was taken by Derek Brown – also a Minister and husband of the Very Rev Dr Susan Brown who had other duties.


I then went to lay the LL’s wreath at Hume at noon where there was a service taken by David Smith and a wreath laid by the Hume Community Council.



Report from Brian Payne DL: I attended the service at Ayton and laid the wreath on Ayton War Memorial. I then attended the service at Reston and read the lessons. And then to Eyemouth to attend the afternoon service, marched in the procession and supported Jeanna as she laid the wreath in Eyemouth.

Report from Gail Wishart DL: Grace Donaldson organised the wreath laying at the now sold Westruther church.  I laid a wreath at the WW1memorial with other wreaths laid by the community council both there and the WW2 memorial in the church.  We were very lucky to have the very reverend Susan Brown to conduct the service.

Report from Moira Hughes DL: I went to the 9.30 service at Gavinton but had to ask Donald Ritchie (prev DL for Liverpool before he and Jean moved up to Gavinton) to lay the wreath here. Bill Landale officiated here.  I had to leave at 10.15 to do a reading at Fogo and laid a wreath there before going up to Longformacus with John to lay one at the cemetery gates there.

Dermot Jenkinson DL: I laid a wreath at the Leitholm memorial after the 9.45 Sunday service. There was a good attendance in the Kirk and quite a lot more who just came for the wreath laying afterwards.

Joy Dobie DL attended the church service conducted by Rev Susie Fletcher at Cockburnspath at 10.55 and laid a wreath on the War Memorial with the Community Council Chair, Pauline Wood and P.C. Martin Conway of the CNC. A lady piper accompanied the ceremony. In the afternoon, she attended at roadside ceremony at the War Memorial in Preston conducted by Rev Bill Patterson where she laid a wreath for the Lord Lieutenant. Pip Chandler representing the Community Council laid a wreath. A third wreath was laid by Colonel Clinton Hicks, who is a former Parachute Regiment officer with Piper John Nisbet, who served with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers.


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