Remembrance events in South Ayrshire

Sunday 11 November 2018 marks exactly 100 years to the day that the Armistice ended the hostilities of World War I in 1918 at 11am.

Join us in remembering all those who have lost their lives in battle while fighting to protect our freedoms. This is your chance to pay tribute to their sacrifice and to show your support for our serving military.

Services of Remembrance, Sunday 11 November 2018

The morning service at the Auld Kirk of Ayr (St John the Baptist) starts at 9.30am and is attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Ayrshire, the Provost of South Ayrshire, MPs, MSPs, 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. During this year’s centenary service, a stunning poppy banner will be on display in the Auld Kirk, comprising more than 4,100 poppies that have been knitted, crocheted or hand-made by people and communities across South Ayrshire.

Following the service, the Provost will lead 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 led by the Minister of Ayr, wreaths of red poppies are laid, followed by a Two Minute Silence, the sounding of the Last Post and Reveille and the National Anthem.

Remembrance ceremonies also take place at the War Memorials in Girvan, Maybole, Troon, and Prestwick, with 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.

The Acts of Remembrance in our five main towns will take place at these War Memorials:

  • Ayr: Wellington Square, Ayr at 10.45am.
  • 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.

You can find your nearest Remembrance Ceremony on our list of all South Ayrshire Remembrance locations.

Rozelle Remembrance Woodland Guided Tours, Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 November

Starting from Rozelle House at 2pm on Saturday 10 November and Sunday 11 November 2018, follow the poppy trail and view our stunning wood carvings, including a new carving commemorating the centenary of the RAF and the end of WW1. You can also place a poppy cross in the Remembrance Woodland in memory of your loved one.

Armistice Day Centenary Exhibition, Rozelle House until Monday 24 December

Visit our exhibition commemorating local involvement in the Great War. This includes a Wall of Remembrance featuring items, documents and photographs detailing the impact of the war on local people.

Pages of the Sea, Ayr beach, 8.30am-11am, Sunday 11 November

Led by film-maker Danny Boyle, Pages of the Sea invites people and communities to gather on the beach to say thank you and goodbye to the millions of men and women who left our shores – many never to return.

Over the course of several hours, a portrait of an individual from the First World War will emerge from the sand. And then, as the tide rises, watch as it’s washed away as we take a moment to say a collective goodbye.

You can also take part in the free community workshop at Ayr Town Hall on Sunday 4 November that will show you how you can get involved on Armistice Day.

Further details available on the Pages of the Sea website

Events taking place

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