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Service of remembrance

In the United Kingdom, Remembrance Sunday is the second Sunday in November, the Sunday nearest to 11 November (Remembrance Day) which is the anniversary of the Armistice that ended the hostilities of World War I in 1918 at 11am.

The National Ceremony takes place at the Cenotaph (it means “empty tomb”) on Whitehall, London with the Two Minute Silence at 11am. The Queen leads the Remembrance laying the first wreath of red poppies, followed by the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales and other members of the Royal Family, the Prime Minister and major political party leaders.

South Ayrshire services of remembrance, Sunday 8 November 2015

In South Ayrshire the Act of Remembrance takes place with the Two Minute Silence during Morning Service (which starts at 10.50am) at the Auld Kirk of Ayr (St John the Baptist) attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Ayrshire, the Provost of South Ayrshire, MP’s, MSP’s, representatives of the armed forces, Ayrshire Yeomanry, B Coy 52 Lowland 6 Scots, military cadets, Police and Fire services, Royal British Legion and uniformed youth organisations. Following the service, the Provost leads the procession from the church via Kirk Wynd, High Street, New Bridge Street and Sandgate to the War Memorial at Wellington Square where, during a short service lead by the Minister of Ayr, wreaths of red poppies are laid, followed by a further Two Minute Silence, the sounding of the Last Post and Reveille and the National Anthem.

Similar Remembrance Ceremonies also take place at the War Memorials in Troon, Prestwick, Maybole and Girvan and smaller ceremonies at villages throughout South Ayrshire, led by the local Minister and attended by local councillors, who lay wreaths.

All Remembrance Ceremonies are free and open to anyone to attend.

Acts of Remembrance take place at the War Memorials at these locations:

  • Ayr: Wellington Square, Ayr at 12.15pm.
  • Troon: The Esplanade, South Beach, Troon at 10.45am.
  • Prestwick: The Cross, Prestwick at 12.30pm.
  • Maybole: 10am service at Maybole Town Hall then parade to War Memorial, Maybole at approx 11am for wreath laying.
  • Girvan: War Memorial, Girvan 10am at Cenotaph at Stair Park, followed by parade to North Parish Church and on to the Garden of Remembrance.
  • View all South Ayrshire Remembrance locations

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Last updated: 25 February 2016

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