A memorable salute

Southsiders Ian Stewart and Bob Grant join the parade, accompanied by Whitecraigs carer Alison Connelly. Picture by Findlay Rankin. Photo below by Ian Watson.
Southsiders Ian Stewart and Bob Grant join the parade, accompanied by Whitecraigs carer Alison Connelly. Picture by Findlay Rankin. Photo below by Ian Watson.

VETERANS and serving officers gathered at George Square at the weekend to mark Armed Forces Day.

The event was part of week-long celebrations, kicked off by a flag raising ceremony on the roof of city chambers last Monday.

Members of the army, navy and Royal Air Force took to the streets in parade on Saturday, joined by veterans and cadets, as well as Glasgow’s lord provost, Sadie Docherty.

Joining the march were naval petty officer Ian Stewart (87) and able-bodied seaman Bob Grant (94) – the oldest military personnel taking part.

Both residents at Whitecraigs care home, they were joined in celebration by Alison Connelly, a carer from the Thornliebank facility.

Ian, Bob and fellow armed forces men and women were treated to a Typhoon fly past from the RAF, family activities in George Square and a stage with variety acts, pipe bands and choirs performing throughout the day.

Meanwhile lord provost Docherty – also a councillor for the Linn ward – received a special delivery from bakers Greggs; an Armed Forces Day cake which was later donated to Erskine hospital.

Glasgow Taxis ferried the cake to the party free of charge, and also provided free transport for senior veterans throughout the day.