Tributes to The Fallen still paid across Lochaber

A small gathering at the war memorial in Fort William, where normally many hundreds of people would gather alongside servicemen and women to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, The Write Image.NO F46 Fort William War Memorial 01

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With coronavirus restrictions forcing the cancellation of large-scale services for Remembrance Sunday this year, war memorials across Lochaber still witnessed wreaths laid on behalf of local communities and organisations, and individual personal acts of homage.

Encouraged by the Royal British Legion Scotland to pay tribute to the country’s war dead in their own homes, many people in Lochaber stood outside their front doors in towns and villages around the region for the traditional two-minute silence.

James Porter, vice-chairman of the Fort William and District branch of RBLS told the Lochaber Times: ‘All of us at Legion Scotland Fort William and District branch are immensely proud and humbled by the amount of support that was shown on this different 2020 Rememberance Sunday, by families and individuals where they respectfully held there own silence in respect of fallen servicemen and woman who have paid the ultimate price since the Great War and up to present day wars and conflicts.

‘One of our main reasons of being is the Act of Remembrance and, even with the ongoing Covid pandemic, remembering and making sure veterans, family and friends all stay safe this year and hopefully we will be back to some normalcy for next year’s Armistice Day.

‘Also we have noticed the amount of effort that pupils from local schools, individuals and businesses from the area that have put up poppy displays to show support –  a huge thanks to them all and also local businesses which continue to support the branch and Poppy Scotland.’

Among the unique tributes were hand-knitted bollard covers at the war memorial in Kinlochleven. Local resident Kim Irvine created the bollard covers while other members of the local Knit and Natter group, made knitted and crocheted poppies for the church.

Asked how the special bollard covers had been received locally, Mrs Irvine told the Lochaber Times: ‘We’ve had very positive remarks about the bollard covers – people seem to really like seeing them.’