WWI exhibit proves to be a great success

New Deer & District branch of the Royal British Leagion Scotland held a special 100th commemoration display on WW1 recently.

The display was organised by the local branch, and as it was for the community New Deer Community Association kindly gave the group use of the public hall free of charge for the weekend.

Every name from New Deer, Maud and Savoch War Memorials was commemorated individually and each had a poppy affixed.

These poppies were very kindly knitted for the event by the New Deer Sewing Group.

There was also a display of militaria from WW1 loaned by various people, as well as a range of artefacts from between WW1 and WW2.

Visitors were able to browse through a large collection of very early photographs of New Deer and district displayed and discussed by Sandy Ritchie.

In conjunction with New Deer Primary School, there was also a poppy painting competition.

The winners of the competition were Teagan McCouaig and Jayden Connelly as judged by Sandy Ritchie.

Visitors to the exhibition were also entertained by a video featuring New Deer Primary School pupils singing a selection of songs from WW1.

A spokesman for the branch told the Times: “The two afternoons were very well supported.

“It was great hearing all the different tales from past years.

“It was clear that a lot of memories were re-kindled with this display.

“A very welcome cup of tea was served and much discussions and reminiscing took place, bringing back the camaraderie that must have been part of that era.”

New Deer & District Branch has expressed thanks all those who lent material, and to all who went along and supported the event, and for all the very kind remarks.