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Paisley Remembrance Parade 2012

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Paisley Photographs of the Paisley war memorial commemoration to the fallen.

Volunteers from Paisley on the web were at the Cenotaph this morning to give our respects along with schoolchildren, politicians, members of the public and members of the armed forces serving and served to commemorate all those lost in all conflicts and wars over the years. Lest we forget.

TOMORROWS VETERAN

When I am old
With my medals on my chest
Will you be grateful
That I did my very best

When I am old
Will those words still haunt me
‘We shouldn’t have been there’
Even though, I helped keep you free

When I am old
And tears for my comrades fall
Will any of you understand
Side by side, we stood proud and tall

When I am old
Will you forget about me
Because if today you don’t acknowledge us, then….
Tomorrow our parades, you won’t want to see!!

Author: Di G ©

All Paisley Photographs taken by Ian McDonald for www.paisley.org.uk of the Paisley Remembrance Parade 2012

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Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders to receive Freedom of Renfrewshire

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, are to be awarded the Freedom of Renfrewshire.

At a meeting of Renfrewshire Council, Provost of Renfrewshire Celia Lawson backed by Leader of the opposition Labour Group, Councillor Iain McMillan, moved that the battalion’s name be added to the roll of names of those who have been admitted as Freemen and Freewomen of the area.

The move, which received unanimous support from all parties on the council, honours the contribution made by the regiment to the nation not only in times of conflict but also in times of peace.

To celebrate the honour, the battalion will march through Paisley on Monday 20th June, to coincide with a weekend of Armed Forces Day celebrations.

Provost Lawson said: “The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders are the official battalion of Renfrewshire and many serving men and women are from our community. The battalion has a long and proud history. In recent years they have fought in the conflict in Afghanistan where more than 250 British service personnel have lost their lives. I am very proud to be able to bestow the Freedom of Renfrewshire on the battalion.”

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.

Councillor Iain McMillan said: “Renfrewshire has a strong military history with a tradition of honouring our military heroes so it is very fitting that we should award the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders the Freedom of Renfrewshire. I am delighted to support this decision and I’m sure many people across Renfrewshire will do the same.”

In 2009 internationally-renowned sculptor Sandy Stoddart became the first Freeman of Renfrewshire since 1961.

The first citizen of Renfrewshire to receive the honour was Mr Stewart Clark in 1902.

Renfrewshire will celebrate Armed Forces Day with a weekend of celebrations starting with a flag-raising ceremony on Friday 17th June.

On Saturday 18th June a joint Armed Forces Day service will be held in Paisley Abbey to honour servicemen and women from Renfrewshire and Inverclyde, followed by stalls and activities at Abbey Close and a family fun day at the British Legion at Renfrew Road, Paisley.

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders will be officially awarded the Freedom of Renfrewshire on Monday 20th June.

Funeral of a Hero

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HERO tank driver Paul McGee was given a proud full military send-off today at Paisley Town Hall.

Guardsman Paul died in Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital following an incident in his home village of Lochwinnoch in the early hours of Sunday, October 25.

The tragedy came two years after he risked his life in a desperate bid to save a drowning comrade in Iraq.

Paul, 28, was later awarded the prestigious Queen’s Commendation for Bravery.

Slience as Buddies lines the streets of Paisley Cross to say farewell to Paul as his service from Paisley Town hall was relayed via loudspeakers to the gathered crowds.

Paisley stood in 2 minutes silence at the Town Hall bells tolled 11am, As the procession left Paisley town Hall Old soldiers gave there salute and one old lady was seen to throw her flowers onto the roof of the hearse,Paul was laid to rest at Lochwinnoch Cemetery just before 12 midday to the song of Dire Straits ” Brothers in arms”.

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Paisley shop now working

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Apologies to anyone who has went into our online store to buy one of our photographs or prints, we had to iron out some flaws in the shop and the good news is it is now fully working so please feel free to browse the store using the navigation at the top of the blog.

you can buy calendars, canvas prints etc check it out now by going to http://www.paisley.org.uk/blog/?page_id=113