Ellon remembers her fallen servicemen

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ELLON residents gathered on Sunday to remember the town and district’s fallen in a ceremony at the town’s war memorial.

Local groups, politicians and members of the public took part in a parade from Ellon Academy to the war memorial, with wreaths laid by Deputy Lord Lieutenant Mike Taitt, MP Malcolm Bruce, and Cllrs Rob Merson and Richard Thomson, along with representatives of the Ellon British Legion and the Community Council.

Organiser and former Gordon Highlander Norman Fraser thanked those who turned out.

He said: “Many thanks to everyone who participated and all the organisations - Legion members, the women’s section, the Community Council, Fire Brigade, Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps, Boys Brigade, Girls Brigade, and the Scouts. The parade was led by Ellon and District RBL Pipe Band, and we had help from the ever dependable Bob Ballantyne and his team setting out cones early in the morning and supervising the traffic during the parade. ‘The Last Post’ played by Richard Paton was excellent, as was the Lament by Stewart Robertson. I must not forget the ladies who made the welcome plate of soup back at the legion premises.

“It was very encouraging to see more people lining the streets, especially in the street opposite the Old Academy before the march set off. The beautiful, brisk, morning helped for a good turnout.”