Southside remembers

Provost Alex Mackie lays a wreath at last year's service
Provost Alex Mackie lays a wreath at last year's service

SUNDAY will see the people of both East Renfrewshire and Glasgow coming together to show support for service men and women.

Remembrance Sunday events are taking place across East Ren and in Glasgow’s George Square, each marking the anniversary of the end of the First World War in tribute to all service personnel past and present.

West of Scotland MSP Stewart Maxwell, also deputy convener of Holyrood’s cross party group on veterans, has issued a welcome message to anyone thinking of attending a service this weekend.

He commented: “Scotland’s veteran community is larger than one might initially expect.

“Scotland has always contributed far more personnel to the armed forces than any other part of the UK, and according to Veterans Scotland, there are as many as 400,000 veterans in Scotland today”.

Mr Maxwell will join the 11am service at the Newton Mearns cenotaph on Sunday, and lay a wreath as a mark of respect.

Cathcart MSP James Dornan will also pay his respects at a service in Cathcart old parish church.

The SNP representative, who spoke on the importance of the date in parliament last week, added: “Remembrance Sunday is the day we traditionally put aside to remember all those who have given their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today.

“It gives every one of us, regardless of background, the opportunity to stop and think about the sacrifices made by our brave service men and women.’

Elsewhere in East Ren, the British Legion will also be hosting a service at the war memorial on Ayr Road, from 11am, and there is another event at the memorial in Barrhead’s Cowan park, from 2.30pm on Sunday.

Meanwhile those who wish to pay their respects at the city centre service can make their way to George Square by 10.30am, where a two-minute silence will be upheld at 11am.

Glasgow cathedral minister, reverend Dr Whitley, will then lead prayers, joined by representatives from the Royal British Legion and serving military, as well as council leader Gordon Matheson and lord provost Bob Winter, deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon and senior members of the emergency services.