Free travel for those attending Remembrance services

First Bus is offering free travel to those travelling to a service of Remembrance
First Bus is offering free travel to those travelling to a service of Remembrance

To commemorate Remembrance Sunday, local bus operator First Glasgow is providing a free single journey to any armed forces personnel, veterans and other customers wearing poppies and travelling to Remembrance services.

First Glasgow has announced the concession on Sunday, November 13, in honour of all the fallen and the surviving veterans of conflict.

First Glasgow Interim Managing Director, Alex Perry, said: “This is an important day for many people who want to remember family, friends and others who have been lost in military service.

“We are pleased to be supporting the occasion and want to make it as easy as possible for people to attend Remembrance services and events.”

Kevin Gray, MM, Chief Executive Officer of Legion Scotland, said: “Everyone has a connection to the Armed Forces, be it through great grandparents, grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters or friends.

“We thank First Glasgow for offering this free journey to the public who are travelling in order to pay tribute to and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country, sacrifices we must never forget.” The services in East Renfrewshire on Sunday to mark the area’s fallen war heroes, will see residents, councillors, local dignitaries and veterans gather together to pay their respects.

The day of remembrance will begin in Newton Mearns, where the local branch of the British Legion has arranged for an event to take place at the war memorial at Mearns Cross.

A parade will leave Fairweather Hall at 10.45am before a wreath-laying ceremony takes place at 11am.

Following this, another service will be held at the Glasgow Reform Synagogue, on the Ayr Road, from 11.30am.

The Neilston parade will depart Broadlie Road and make the short journey to the war memorial adjacent to St Thomas Church on Main Street for a service at 12.30pm.

In Barrhead, a parade will leave the United Services Club at 2pm for a remembrance service at the war memorial in Cowan Park, which starts at 2.30pm.

Provost Carmichael, who will attend all four services, said: “Remembrance Sunday is a very poignant day and gives us all a chance to stop and reflect on the sacrifices so many local people made during the world wars.

“It is important that we celebrate the lives of those brave individuals and learn lessons from the past.”