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PICTURES: Poignant service held to mark centenary of Dornoch War Memorial


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Dornoch marked the centenary of its war memorial last Friday with a poignant service led by Rev Canon James Currall.

100 crosses were planted for the 100 names on the monument. Picture: Kirby
100 crosses were planted for the 100 names on the monument. Picture: Kirby

P6-7 pupils from Dornoch Primary School and S1-2 pupils from Dornoch Academy were piped to the monument at mid-morning by Cody Thompson and Cameron Lyon.

A short history of the memorial was given by members of the Young Curators Club at the town's Historylinks Museum, before a prayer and the reading of Psalm 23 by Jane Mackay.

Derrick McAskill played The Sands of Kuwait, a pipe tune composed to commemorate the involvement of the 1st Battalion Queen's Own Highlanders in the Gulf War.

The two-minute silence followed, after which wreaths were laid.

Rev Currall read the names of all 100 people on the memorial while pupils planted a wooden cross for each around the rose beds.

Prayers of commemoration and rededication were read followed by the Act of Commitment and a blessing.

The young people were piped back to school.

Dornoch marked the centenary of its war memorial at a service today. Picture: Andy Kirby
Dornoch marked the centenary of its war memorial at a service today. Picture: Andy Kirby
Wreathes were laid at the commemoration. From left, Sutherland Lord Lieutenant Dr Monica Main; Depute Lieutenant Kim Tullor; and ward councillor Jim McGillivray. Picture: Andy Kirby
Wreathes were laid at the commemoration. From left, Sutherland Lord Lieutenant Dr Monica Main; Depute Lieutenant Kim Tullor; and ward councillor Jim McGillivray. Picture: Andy Kirby
Pupils from Dornoch Primary School and Dornoch Academy planted crosses around the rose beds Picture: Andy Kirby
Pupils from Dornoch Primary School and Dornoch Academy planted crosses around the rose beds Picture: Andy Kirby
Rev Canon James Currall led the commermoration. Picture: Andy Kirby
Rev Canon James Currall led the commermoration. Picture: Andy Kirby
Dornoch War Memorial was unveiled and dedicated by the Duke of Sutherland in June 1922. Picture:Andy Kirby
Dornoch War Memorial was unveiled and dedicated by the Duke of Sutherland in June 1922. Picture:Andy Kirby

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