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Renfrewshire pays tribute to armed forces

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Renfrewshire pays tribute to armed forces

Renfrewshire has once again paid tribute to local servicemen and women as part of national Armed Forces Day.

The official Armed Forces Day flag was raised during a special ceremony outside Renfrewshire Council’s headquarters in Paisley on Friday June 20, followed by an Armed Forces Day service in Paisley Abbey on Saturday 21 June.

The service was led by Reverend Alan Birss of Paisley Abbey and Rt. Rev. John Keenan, Bishop of Paisley.

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Current and former members of the armed forces, along with military families, civic leaders, and members of the community were present in the congregation.

Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire Guy Clark and Provost of Inverclyde Robert Moran both gave readings at the service and Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall led the Prayer of Intercession.

There were also performances by the Wallace Primary Choir and St Stephen’s High School Brass Band.

Provost Hall said: “Renfrewshire has a proud tradition of commemorating the service and sacrifice of our armed forces.

“Armed Forces Day has become an integral part of that tradition and this year’s celebrations are even more relevant in the year that the World War One centenary commemorations begin.

“Both the flag raising ceremony and the service were very well attended and it was encouraging to see the armed forces and the community so strongly represented.

“It was a pleasure to join the Lord-Lieutenant, the Provost of Inverclyde, Reverend Birss, Bishop Keenan and everyone present in honouring the brave men and women who are serving or have served their country with such distinction.”

Following the service in Paisley Abbey, the two Provosts and the Lord-Lieutenant visited Hawkhead Cemetery to each lay a wreath at the Victoria Cross monument.

Before the service members of the Royal British Legion marched to Abbey Close carrying their standard.

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Flag-raising ceremony outside Renfrewshire Council hq, Renfrewshire House,  on Friday June 20 

l-r  Rt. Rev. John Keenan, Bishop of Paisley, Rev. Alan Birss of Paisley Abbey, Guy Clark, Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and Corporal Ronnie Townsend

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Guy Clark, Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire joins Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, Inverclyde’s Provost Robert Moran, church representatives and members of the armed forces past and present before the service at Paisley Abbey

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Wreath-laying at Hawkhead Cemetery

l-r  Rt. Rev. John Keenan, Bishop of Paisley, Reverend Alan Birss of Paisley Abbey, Guy Clark, Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, Flight Sergeant Jennifer Adam of 2175 Air Training Corps, and Inverclyde’s Provost Robert Moran

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Inside the service at Paisley Abbey

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Veteran outside Paisley Abbey

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        Colours of regiments on display

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Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall lays wreath at the Victoria Cross monument in Hawkhead Cemetery.

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.

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Communities to celebrate Armed Forces Day

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Communities to celebrate Armed Forces Day

People in Renfrewshire and Inverclyde are being urged to join in celebrations for Armed Forces Day.

The Provosts of Renfrewshire and Inverclyde, along with the Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Guy Clark, are inviting residents to join them for a special service on Saturday 21 June.

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The service at 10am in Paisley Abbey is open to all and celebrates the national Armed Forces Day.

The officiating clergy will be Reverend Alan D Birss, Minister at Paisley Abbey, and Bishop Keenan of St Mirin’s Cathedral, Paisley.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said “In the year that the World War One centenary commemorations begin, it is even more important that we come together on Armed Forces Day to recognise the service and traditions of the armed forces and to show our support for them.

“Our community has always had a strong link with the armed forces, past and present, and this link is just as relevant and important as ever. I hope to see as many people as possible joining us for this celebration.”

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Inverclyde’s Provost Robert Moran said “The First World War was known as ‘the war to end all wars’ but now, nearly 100 years since it started, we still send men and women into harms way to protect the rights and freedoms so dearly earned in the past.

“Armed Forces Day is an opportunity for us all to show our support to the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community – including veterans and cadets – and to recognise all their outstanding contribution to this country.”

On Friday 20 June, a short service to raise the Armed Forces day flag will take place at the flagpoles outside Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley at 11am.

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Image 1 – Armed Forces and the communities of Renfrewshire and Inverclyde come together to show their support for Armed Forces Day.

Image 2– Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Guy Clark, Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and Inverclyde’s Provost Robert Morn show their respect at the Armed Forces Day service.

Image 3– Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall lays a wreath at memorial at last year’s Armed Forces Day.

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Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders awarded Freedom of Renfrewshire

Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders awarded Freedom of Renfrewshire

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Paisley to watch the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders receive the Freedom of Renfrewshire.

400 members of the Fifth Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland marched through the town centre before being presented with the honour by Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson in front of the historic Paisley Abbey.

The soldiers were met with cheers and applause throughout the parade and presentation.

Colonel Bruce Russell MBE, Representative Colonel of Five Scots, accepted a framed scroll from Provost Lawson and in return presented her with the regiment’s official plaque and a painting called “The Thin Red Line”.

Provost Celia Lawson said: “I was extremely proud to see them all march through the town and to see the wonderful turn out from the people of Renfrewshire. They do an incredible job and the people living at home are very, very grateful. The award of the Freedom of Renfrewshire isn’t given often but the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders are an inspirational to us all and very deserving of this title.”

The Freedom is the highest honour a local authority can give an individual or group. Historically the title would have provided rights such as to trade and to graze cattle, however, it is now purely a civic honour.
Following the ceremony the soldiers and their families were invited to a civic reception in Paisley Town Hall. The event was sponsored by local firms Chivas Bros Ltd and Goudie’s Ltd.

The event formed part of this year’s Armed Forces Day celebrations in Renfrewshire following a flagraising ceremony on Friday 17 June and a joint service in Paisley Abbey lead by the Provosts of both Renfrewshire and Inverclyde.

www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

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Armed Forces Day flag-raising ceremony

Armed Forces Day flag-raising ceremony

Pupils from Kersland School joined Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson and serving soldiers from the 1st Battalion Scots Guards, for the official raising of the Armed Forces Day flag 2010.

Lance Sergeant Jamie Robertson, 1st Battalion Scots Guard, Regimental Support Team, raised the official Armed Forces Day flag in the ceremony outside Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley.

Lance Sergeant Robertson was joined by pupils from Kersland School who unveiled a special Armed Forces Day flower display and 14-year-old pupil Lyndsay Hunter, from Paisley, read a poem called ‘I Miss You’.

A short service was lead by Reverend Alan Birss from Paisley Abbey, and Paisley Grammar’s brass ensemble played. The Armed Forces Day flag will fly for seven days.

The flag-raising ceremony took place ahead of Renfrewshire’s joint service with Inverclyde and East Renfrewshire councils being held in Paisley Abbey on Armed Forces Day (Saturday 26th June).

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson said: “The flag-raising ceremony is the first stage in Renfrewshire’s celebrations for Armed Forces Day 2010. I am delighted that pupils from Kersland School were involved in the ceremony along with Lance Sergeant Robertson. Renfrewshire has a proud military history and this is a chance for all generations to honour servicemen and women of the past and present.”

Armed Forces Day in Renfrewshire will this year include a parade led by the Royal British Legion who will be joined by different serving regiments and volunteers. The parade will set off from the Royal British Legion, Renfrew Road, Paisley, at 9.30am marching to Paisley Abbey.

The Armed Forces Day service starts at 10am in Paisley Abbey. The service is open to the public.

www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

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Armed Forces Day flag-raising ceremony

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Pupils from Kersland School will join Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson and serving soldiers from the 1st Battalion Scots Guards, for the official raising of the Armed Forces Day flag 2010.

Lance Sergeant Jamie Robertson, 1st Battalion Scots Guard, Regimental Support Team, will raise the official Armed Forces Day flag in the ceremony taking place outside Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley on Monday 21 June.

Lance Sergeant Robertson will be joined by pupils from Kersland School who will unveil a special Armed Forces Day flower display and 14-year-old pupil Lyndsay Hunter, from Paisley, will read a poem called ‘I Miss You’.

A short service will be lead by Reverrend Alan Birss from Paisley Abbey. The Armed Forces Day flag will fly for seven days.

The flag-raising ceremony takes place ahead of Renfrewshire’s joint service with Inverclyde and East Renfrewshire councils being held in Paisley Abbey on Armed Forces Day (Saturday 26th June).

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson said: “The flag-raising ceremony is the first stage in Renfrewshire’s celebrations for Armed Forces Day 2010. I am delighted that pupils from Kersland School will be involved in the ceremony along with Lance Sergeant Robertson. Renfrewshire has a proud military history and this is a chance for all generations to honour servicemen and women of the past and present.”

Armed Forces Day in Renfrewshire will this year include a parade led by the Royal British Legion who will be joined by different serving regiments and volunteers. The parade will set off from the Royal British Legion, Renfrew Road, Paisley, at 9.30am marching to Paisley Abbey.

The Armed Forces Day service starts at 10am in Paisley Abbey. The service is open to the public

www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

http://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/