Covid sees cancellation of Fort William Remembrance events

It was bright but cold for those attending the Remembrance Service at Fort William War memorial last year. Photograph. Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F46 Fort Memorial 03
It was bright but cold for those attending the Remembrance Service at Fort William War memorial last year. Photograph. Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F46 Fort Memorial 03

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Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, the Dawn to Dusk Vigil scheduled by the Fort William and District branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland for Saturday November 7, along with the Fort William Remembrance Parade planned for Sunday November 8, have had to be cancelled.

Branch president, Lt Col Kevin Lane MBE, told the Lochaber Times it had not been a decision that was taken lightly.

‘We fully understand the significance of this day to a great many of those within Lochaber,’ Lt Col Lane added.

‘I can assure your readers that much dialogue was held between the council, the police and our chairman before it was agreed that we could not police a gathering such as this without putting people at risk.

‘As unfortunate as this is, we feel honour bound to pay homage to the fallen of Lochaber; and so we would still like to encourage people to pay their respects by standing outside their home and observing a minutes silence with us at 11am on Sunday November 8.

‘If anyone is able to take photographs of this tribute then please send them to us and we will attempt to have as many of them as possible published.’

Lt Col Kevin Lane, president of the Fort William and District branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland, pictured laying a wreath in 2018.

Lt Col Lane went on to say that, if there were any individuals, or organisations, wishing to lay wreaths or crosses at the Fort William War Memorial, then they were encouraged to do so under their own arrangements.

But he cautioned: ‘However, we would ask that you observe the rules for social distancing and only gather in accordance with the current advice and restrictions from the Scottish Parliament.’