Booklet charts Argyll’s First World War commemorations

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Councillors have approved plans for a new booklet to show how Argyll and Bute commemorated those who lost their lives in the First World War.

How Argyll and Bute Remembered is a commemorative publication which illustrates several events staged in the area from 2014 to 2018, marking the centenary of the war. The booklet is now set to be made available to the public shortly.

Councillors will also be recommended to record their appreciation for the First World War Commemoration Steering Group, which was established in 2013.

A report by executive director of customer services Douglas Hendry said: ‘The Argyll and Bute Remembered booklet seeks to capture a wide range of the events held within Argyll and Bute during the centenary period.

‘It acknowledges the commitment, dedication and sheer hard work undertaken by communities and individuals to ensure the centenary was marked in a spirit of respectful remembrance and in a way that would encourage young people to take an interest with the principal aim of understanding the war’s place in our history and its effect on our communities.

‘The commemorative activities leave a legacy of updated archive and learning material, enhanced and improved memorial infrastructure and strong community partnerships.

‘The booklet cannot capture all the activity that has taken place during the centenary period or indeed the contributions made by so many but it seeks to provide a sense of how Argyll and Bute remembered and capture that in one place.

‘Chaired by the Lord-Lieutenant of Argyll and Bute, Patrick Stewart, the group brought together councillors from all four corners of Argyll and Bute, alongside community representatives, members of the Royal British Legion, regimental contacts, and officers from a range of council services including museums and libraries.

‘The group quickly established an approach that encouraged community participation in a programme that would recognise, archive and commemorate the contribution of the people of Argyll and Bute in the First World War, and thereby leave a continuing legacy for future generations.’

The report adds that publication of the booklet could be contained within the council’s existing budget.