The Pipe Band led three Remembrance Parades in Inverclyde on Sunday 11th November.
To mark the centenary of the signing of the Armistice, pipers and drummers all over the world held a national tribute and played the retreat march, The Battle’s Oe’r, at 06.00hrs local time on Sunday 11th November.
St Columba’s School Pipe Band invited local pipers and drummers to join them in this respectful mass tribute. The local community along with Mr Guy Clark, Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire and Cllr David Wilson, Depute Provost, came together at 5.45am at Kilmacolm War Memorial to collectively pay their respects in a fitting Remembrance ceremony:
The Battle’s O’er - 06.00hrs National Tribute
Sacrifice - Mark Connolly, Head Boy
Exhortation - Mr Guy Clark, Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire
Two Minutes Silence
The Flowers of the Forest - Pipe Major Cameron Stark (Senior VI)
They Said - a poem by Jason Leitch (Senior I)
Prayer - Caitlin Anderson (Senior VI)
Mrs Angus said, “I thank everyone who gathered in the early hours for this poignant and moving St Columba’s Remembers ceremony. We are grateful to everyone for coming along to remember with the whole community on this very significant day.”
Our Pipe Band also led Kilmacolm Guiding and Scouts’ Remembrance Parade at 10am and Port Glasgow’s Remembrance Parade at 12.30pm, where Mrs Angus, accompanied by Head Boy, Mark Connolly, laid a wreath at Port Glasgow Cenotaph.
Mr Bruce, Pipe Major of St Columba’s Pipe Band said, “I would like to thank everyone who attended our service and took part in the national tribute. It was fantastic to see so many members of the local community join us in paying our respects, on what was a very special and memorable occasion. I am extremely proud of the Pipe Band members today for leading three separate parades; this is a day that will stay with them forever. We also thank the Parents' Association for helping with teas and coffees during the early morning ceremony."
Today, Senior School held a wonderful Remembrance assembly and pupils from our Design and Technology department presented their handmade poppy installation in our growing garden to mark 100 years since the end of the Great War.
View highlights of the St Columba's Remembers ceremony. Some highlights can also be viewed of the Remembrance Assembly at St Columba Church this morning.