​Highland Remembers

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Members of the public will be joining parades and services on Armistice Day, Friday 11 November and Remembrance Sunday 13 November throughout the Highlands at various locations.

Anyone with information on services or parades, not listed, is welcome to email details to: corporate.communications@highland.gov.uk

Caithness and Sutherland

On Remembrance Sunday 13 November:

  • At Brora War Memorial – Cllr Deirdre Mackay will attend the parade which marches from the village centre to War Memorial.
  • Cllr Willie MacKay will be attending Remembrance Services at Watten 10.30am; Bower 1pm and Berriedale 3pm.
  • At 10:50am a parade commences in Wick from Market Square to the war memorial for an 11am ceremony.  Wick Pipe Band will lead the parade to the war memorial. There is also a ceremony at the war graves at Wick Cemetery between 1:45pm and 2pm and other wreath laying ceremonies around Wick arranged by the Royal British Legion Scotland (Wick branch). Caithness Civic Leader Cllr Gillian Coghill will represent the Highland Council.
  • Caithness Area Leader, Cllr Roger Saxon will be representing Highland Council at the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at Thurso War Memorial at Sir Johns Square at 11am.
  • There will be a service in St Peters and St Andrews Church, Thurso at 10:30am on Friday 11 November.  This is a special service to which school children are invited and will be remembering in particular the ending of the battle of the Somme in 1916. The names of local men who died at the Somme will be read out.
  • Cllr Graham Phillips will be attending the service at the war memorial in Golspie.
  • Cllr Jim MacGillivray will be laying a wreath on behalf of Highland Council at a Remembrance Ceremony in Dornoch on Sunday 13 at 11am.
  • A two minute silence will be held at Helmsdale War memorial on Friday 11 November at 11am with Royal British Legion Scotland (Helmsdale Branch); and on Sunday 13 November a Remembrance Day Service parade from The Bridge car park leaving at 10:30am to Helmsdale War Memorial.
  • Wreaths will be laid at Loth War Memorial at 3pm by Royal British Legion Scotland (Helmsdale Branch)

Inverness, Beauly and Nairn

In a departure from the usual Armistice Day observance on 11 November – the ceremony in Inverness will be held at Highland Council headquarters, for public safety, and not outside Inverness Town House due to the ongoing works at the Town House. Highland Council Members with the Provost of Inverness, Cllr Helen Carmichael and Legion Padre Reverend Alistair Murray, council staff and a colour party from The Royal British Legion Scotland (Inverness Branch) will hold a 2 minute silence on Friday 11 November at 11am at Highland Council headquarters, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness. Members of the public are invited to attend. Please assemble at the flag pole at the front of the headquarters building at 10:55am.

In Inverness there will be a Remembrance Service on Sunday 13 November at 3pm at the Cenotaph at Cavell Gardens War Memorial.

Organised by The Royal British Legion Scotland (Inverness Branch) and supported by Highland Council in partnership with Poppy Scotland the events reinforce the on-going importance and relevance of Armistice Day to the local community and the Highlands.

Members of the Inverness Royal British Legion and uniformed youth groups will parade from Huntly Street and Ardross Terrace respectively with Highland Council Members and staff joining at Ness Bridge. The parade will march off from Huntly Street at 2:30pm and arrive at Cavell Gardens Cenotaph at 2:50pm.

A Service of Remembrance - conducted by Legion Padre, Reverend Alistair Murray - will take place at 3pm at the Cenotaph. Rev Murray will be assisted with the readings by Canon John Cuthbert and senior pupils from Charleston Academy.

The Provost of Inverness, Councillor Helen Carmichael and Highland Council’s Armed Forces and Veterans Champion Roddy Balfour will be accompanied by fellow members of The Highland Council’s City of Inverness Area Committee. Provost Carmichael will lay a wreath on behalf of Highland Council at Cavell Gardens War Memorial.

On Sunday 13 November, the Legion Scotland (Beauly) has a wreath laying ceremony in Beauly Square at 10am in front of the monument. There is another service at the War memorial on Balblair Hill at 3pm in the afternoon.

Cllr Margaret Davidson will be attending a Remembrance ceremony at Drumnadrochit War Memorial on Sunday 13 November at 10.30 am.

Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey

A Royal British Legion Scotland (Nairn Branch) Remembrance Parade will form up on Sunday 13 November 2016 at 9.00 am at Cawdor Street, with a church service and wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial. Cllr Laurie Fraser will be attending

Also on Sunday 13 November Remembrance Day Services will take place at:

  • Advie War Memorial, 3pm with Cllr Jaci Douglas attending;  
  • Aviemore War Memorial, 11am (marching from Legion at 10.30am) Cllr Bill Lobban attending;
  • Glenmore Norwegian Stone, 2pm with Cllr Bill Lobban attending;
  • Grantown on Spey War Memorial, 11am          with Cllr Jaci Douglas attending;
  • Kingussie War Memorial, 12.15pm with Cllr Gregor Rimell attending;
  • Nethybridge War Memorial, 1.15pm with Cllr Bill Lobban attending;
  • Newtonmore War Memorial, 12.15pm with Cllr Dave Fallows attending;
  • Kincraig War Memorial, 11am with Cllr Dave Fallows attending;
  • Dalwhinnie War Memorial, 3pm; and
  • Laggan War Memorial, 9.30am.

Cllr Bill Lobban will be attending a service on Friday 11 November at the Norwegian stone, Glenmore, Aviemore with the Norwegian Consul and Members of the Company Linge (heroes of Telemark).

Dingwall, Black Isle, Tain and Easter Ross

Wreaths will be laid at Remembrance ceremonies at Muir-of-Ord on Sunday 13 November by Councillor Alister Mackinnon and at Conon Bridge by Councillor Angela Maclean.

At Muir of Ord a parade will commence on Sunday 13 from the Church Of Scotland Seaforth Road at 10.15 am with a service at 10.45 am at the War Memorial. A re-dedication ceremony will also take place at the War Memorial in recognition of the works carried out by the community and The Highland Council at the War Memorial. Cllr Alister MacKinnon will be representing the Community Council and The Highland Council at the re-dedication ceremony.

The Royal British Legion Scotland (Dingwall Branch) annual Remembrance Parade and Service is on Sunday13 November 2016. The march-off is from outside the Legion building at 10:45 am. Any individuals, groups, or organisations wishing to participate in the parade prior to the service should meet outside the Legion building by 10:25 am. A Remembrance Service commences at the War Memorial at 10:55 am. Councillor Margaret Paterson will lay a wreath at the memorial on behalf of Highland Council.

The following Remembrance events will take place on Sunday 13 November at:

  • Alness War Memorial at 10.45am (Cllr Carolyn Wilson attending);
  • Evanton War Memorial at 10.30am followed by a service at the Church of Scotland (Cllr Mike Finlayson attending);
  • Invergordon Service at 10am at Hayes Hall then to the War Memorial (Cllrs Maxine Smith and Martin Rattray attending);
  • Portmahomack War Memorial at 10.45am (Cllr Fiona Robertson attending);
  • Tain Parish Church at 10.45am then to the War Memorial (Cllr Alasdair Rhind attending).

There will also be a service at Inver war memorial on Thursday 10 November at 2pm which Councillor Fiona Robertson will attend and the Polish Memorial and Remembrance Service – Czesc Ich Pamieci - will be held at the Polish Monument, Castle Road, Invergordon on Sunday 20 November at 2pm. All are welcome. Highland Council Members will attend a lay a wreath.


In Lochaber at Fort William – the Remembrance parade led by Lochaber Schools Pipe Band leaves Viewforth car park on Sunday 13 November at 10.40am and will proceed along the High Street and past the saluting platform in front of Tesco supermarket where the salute will be taken. The parade will then proceed to the War Memorial in The Parade, Fort William and then on to the Duncansburgh MacIntosh Church for the service.

The salute will be taken by the Lord Lieutenant, Donald Cameron of Lochiel and The Highland Council’s Area Leader Councillor Thomas MacLennan. Cllr Brian Murphy will also be attending.

Also on Sunday 13 November, at the Commando Memorial, Spean Bridge - the parade will form up as usual from the lay-by south of the Memorial at 2.45pm with the service beginning at 3pm. Members of the public are encouraged to arrive early to ensure they arrive prior to the parade.

Skye and Lochalsh and Wester Ross

The Lochalsh Branch of Legion Scotland will be holding a Remembrance Day Parade at the Balmacara War Memorial on 13 November (Legion start march to memorial at 10:50 with short service at 10:58).  This is followed by a service in Glenelg, Kintail and Lochalsh Parish Church of Scotland in Kyle of Lochalsh. Cllr Audrey Sinclair will be laying a wreath on behalf of Highland Council.

There is a Remembrance Service at the Poolewe War Memorial on Saturday 12 November at 10.45. This is followed by a service at the Russian Arctic Convoy Memorial Stone at the Sasan at Cove. Cllr Richard Greene will be in attendance.

The community of Glenelg and Arnisdale will hold a remembrance service on Sunday 13 November, 1.30 pm at the War Memorial.  All welcome to attend.

On Sunday 13 November there will also be Remembrance Services at Aultbea at 10.45am and at Gairloch at 12.00 noon. Cllr Richard Greene is attending both.

Cllr Ian Cockburn will be laying a wreath on behalf of the Highland Council at Garve war memorial on the Sunday 13 November.

Cllrs Drew Millar and Ian Renwick will be attending the Portree remembrance service on Sunday 13 November. The Portree parade will be leaving the Skye Gathering Hall at 10.40am.


Notes to editors

Temporary Road closures in Inverness

There will be temporary road closures in Inverness on Sunday 13 November for public safety during the Remembrance parade as follows:

  • Huntly Street, Inverness, closed at its junction with Young Street to its junction with Greig Street, between 14:10 hours and 14:25 hours, and between 15:35 hours and 16:00 hours; on Sunday 13 November 2016.
  • Ness Bridge, Inverness, closed at its junction with Young Street to its junction with Bank Street, between 14:20 hours and 14:30 hours, and between 15:25 hours and 15:50 hours; on Sunday 13 November 2016.
  • Castle Road, Inverness, closed at its junction with View Place to its junction with the Ness Bank and Cavell Gardens Road, between 14:20 hours and 14:45 hours, and between 15:20 hours and 15:45 hours; on Sunday 13 November 2016.
  • Ness Bank and Cavell Gardens Road, Inverness, closed at its junction with Castle Road to its junction with Island Bank Road, between 14:25 hours and 15:35 hours; on Sunday 13 November 2016.


7 Nov 2016
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