War heroes remembered

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War heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for their homeland were remembered across Oban and outlying areas this year but in a different way due to the pandemic.

Despite covid restrictions stopping the usual Remembrance Day parades and big public gatherings for services, wreaths were still laid in keeping with the virus rules and social distancing was respected at the war memorials on Oban’s Esplanade, on Luing, Seil and at Kimelford as well as other neighbouring communities.

Netherlorn Churches streamed an online offering of a Remembrance Service led by Maura Rae including  the Godly Play story they had hoped to share with Easdale Primary School this year.

 

Wreaths were laid on Luing by Drew Herridge of RBLS Easdale branch and Becky Weatherly on behalf of the Fire and Rescue Service. The Atlantic Island Centre also displayed poppies in its windows, made two years ago by a group of women living on the island.
RBLS Easdale member Willie Munro laid the wreath at Balvicar’s war memorial.

And although there was no official parade in Oban, people and organisations from the town visited the memorial on the seafront during the Sunday to pay their respects, including Deputy Lord Lieutenant Neil Mathieson and Oban Rotary Club.

People across the Oban area were also encouraged to take to their doorsteps for the two-minutes silence.