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Community | 8th August 2021
 

Memorial centenary

 
 
 

THE 100th anniversary of the Langholm war memorial in Buccleuch Park has been marked with a small ceremony.

The event was organised by Langholm Social Club and its president David Paterson laid the wreath.

The Flo’ers of the Forest was played by Ricky Henderson, while Nicole Weatherstone played The Last Post and the Reveille.

David also gave a short history of how the memorial came to be created after the Great War and the names of the dead from World War Two were later added.

Earlier this month a commended certificate was given for the memorial and gardens in the best-kept war memorial competition 2021 in the category of small communities with gardens.

David Paterson and other volunteers cleaned up the area in and around the memorial before the judging was done.

Archie Dryburgh, area secretary for the Glasgow Ayrshire Dumfries and Galloway Area of Royal British Legion Scotland, said: “What David and the volunteers did over a very short time, plus the planting by the council’s ground maintenance team raised the level of the memorial without a doubt.”

David, who accepted the certificate, added: “We want to thank Archie for taking time to bring this certificate to us.

“We were very pleasantly surprised to receive it and because it’s 100 years since the memorial was unveiled on July 27, we feel it very fitting indeed.

“With funding secured to improve the war memorial over the next year or so, we look forward to what happens when we enter the competition next year.”

 
 
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