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Inverness Garden of Remembrance opened by the Royal British Legion in ceremony honouring those lives lost in the wars

By Imogen James

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Provost Helen Carmichael lays a wreath. Picture Gary Anthony.
Provost Helen Carmichael lays a wreath. Picture Gary Anthony.

MEMBERS of the Armed Forces community and the public gathered today at Cavell Gardens, a site of remembrance for those lost in the wars.

It marks the beginning of the period remembrance 2021.

The sun shone on guests as they stood in the peaceful location, joining together in prayer and a dedication delivered by Dr Canon John Cuthbert.

Inverness Provost Helen Carmichael was the first to lay a wreath in the garden, as others laid wooden crosses inscribed with touching messages.

Dr. Claire Armstrong, CEO of Legion Scotland, said it was wonderful to see people on the ground and to come together physically again to remember and honour the fallen.

"Coronavirus had a massive effect on us. We’re on the second remembrance period where it’s continued to have an effect. We’re delighted this year that we are back face to face at events but it’s still a challenge and we have to follow the rules and the guidelines so we aren’t back to normal just yet" said Dr Armstrong.

"We are delighted to have everyone's support. The effort last year was tremendous and we are sure this year will be the same.”

Sir Alistair Irwin, President of Poppyscotland, said: "It's a great achievement that both Poppyscotland and The Royal British Legion are still doing such good work after 100 years.

"Today has been very charming and nice. Of the three opening of gardens of remembrance in which Poppyscotland is involved, it's the smallest but in my view it's certainly in the nicest possible location. It has a very special and intimate feel to it which is irreplaceable."

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