Ellon veteran and councillor thanks public for show of support

GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: Wreaths were laid at war memorials across Formartine. Turn to pg 16 for more coverage of the day's events.
GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: Wreaths were laid at war memorials across Formartine. Turn to pg 16 for more coverage of the day's events.

A FORMER Gordon Highlander has thanked the public for their show of support in Ellon on Armistic Day last week.

Norman Fraser, who stays in Castlepark and saw action with the Highlanders in Cyprus, said that he had been impressed by the turnout on the day, and that there were many people he had to thank for their shows of support.

“It was an excellent day for the parade, and the weather was favourable, which certainly helps,” he said. “The ceremonies had a huge turnout.”

“Thanks must go to the Pipe Band, the Royal British Legion, the Legion’s Woman’s Section, the Community Council, the Fire Brigade, the Police, and the uniformed youth organisations who took part. The service by Rev Peter Mander and his colleagues was extremely well done, as was Alex Budge’s performance of the Last Post on behalf of the Boys Brigade.”

“Bob Ballantyne deserves everyone’s thanks for his efforts - without him, the parade would not have gone ahead. Everyone is grateful for his time and effort,” he added.

Cllr Gillian owen, who attended the services in Newburgh, told the Times: “It was marvellous to see the Church overflowing with people of all ages, there to mark their respect. After the Service a group of us went up to the Cemetery to attach our wreaths to the Gates of Remembrance. It is important for us all to remember those that have fought and fallen on our behalf so that we may all be free.”