The weekend of Remembrance Sunday gave the members of the Gardner Memorial Church two opportunities of remembering the fallen, both at the going down of the sun and in the morning.
On the evening of Saturday, November 8, a large number gathered to sing some of the popular wartime songs. The hearty singing was conducted by Ron Stewart and the accompanists were John Gove at the organ and Margaret Jamieson on the violin.
The church was decorated with pictures of the period supplied by the Air Museum in Montrose and the flower arrangements had a patriotic red, white and blue colour scheme.
A spokesperson for the event said: “One or two folk actually came in uniform and the Master of Ceremonies, Joe Wishart, had managed to unearth a tin hat. A poignant moment came towards the end of the evening when there was an exemplary rendition of The Last Post played by Kristina Fairweather. During the interval there were refreshments in the church hall, temporally serving as the NAAFI with cakes and sandwiches in abundance.”
The Sunday morning service started earlier than usual and prior to the Two Minutes Silence at 11 a.m., two members of the Sunday School came forward with the church’s poppy wreath and afterwards Gregor O’Neill played an air on the bagpipes.
The Brechin Air Cadets paraded their colour before the beginning of the service and the cadets had also been mustered the previous evening when they had been on door duty at the Big Sing.
Captain Lorraine Campbell of 205 Scottish Field Hospital (Dundee) was present representing the armed forces and she read the lessons. Also present was Major Ian Campbell, Staff Officer Army Personnel Centre (Glasgow) who spoke to the young folk about the part animals played in wartime, some of them actually being awarded medals for valuable service. The service was conducted by the Minister, the Rev. Jane Blankley, and the organist was Isobel Luke.