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Ellon commemorates 
World War 1 centenary

Left to right - Tom Douglas, organising committee chairman, Sandy Stewart, who layed a wreath, and branch president Norman Fraser.

Left to right - Tom Douglas, organising committee chairman, Sandy Stewart, who layed a wreath, and branch president Norman Fraser.

Ellon marked the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1 with a special event on Monday.

The local branch of the Royal British Legion organised a commemoration in the Square.

It was one of many events held up and down the country to observe the start of the conflict 100 years ago.

The Ellon commemoration placed the emphasis on local youth organisations and included a small parade with standard-bearers.

A large crowd gathered at 2pm to watch colours being lowered following by a wreath-laying ceremony and a lone piper.

At the conclusion, Ellon branch president Norman Fraser thanked all the organisations who had taken part in the special tribute and those who came to see it.

Tom Douglas, convener of the organising committee, said later: “I’m really pleased and grateful that people turned up to watch.

“We felt it was important to commemorate the 100th anniversary. Up and down the country people are doing the same thing.

“I thought the youth organisations were well represented and well turned out and I was particularly glad to see them with a colour.

“I thought the whole thing went very well and I couldn’t have asked for better support. Even the weather held up for us.”

One bystander said: “It was nice to see Ellon doing something to mark the centenary, particularly involving the young people.”

An afternoon of entertainment followed for Legion members and their guests in the clubrooms in Lower Victoria Hall.

It focused on the music and poetry of the World War 1 era.

The Ythan Singers took part, four Ellon Academy girls recited poetry and two teachers from the school performed a musical piece.

 

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