Commemorative events, which have been taking place across Aberdeen to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War in 1918, will culminate with a Remembrance Service on Sunday, November 11.
Remembrance Sunday will see the Lord Provost of Aberdeen Barney Crockett and other public representatives join serving forces, reserves, veterans and cadets to remember the sacrifices made by those in the First World War and in all conflicts.
A short ceremony will be held in front of the city’s War Memorial on Schoolhill at 10.50am on Sunday, November 11. Prayers will be said, and a hymn sung before two minutes of silence are observed to remember the fallen at 11am.
The Lord Provost of Aberdeen will lead the laying of wreaths at the memorial and pupils from Lochside Academy will recite poems. A church service will be held at the Kirk of St Nicholas Uniting at the end of the ceremony.
Representatives of the Armed Forces and ex-service organisations will muster in Little Belmont Street from 10am and leave at 10.30am to parade to the War Memorial led by Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band. Music at the memorial will be provided by Bon Accord Silver Band.
The Lord Provost of Aberdeen Barney Crockett said “The people of Aberdeen are strong supporters of our armed forces and we will join as a community to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War and remember the sacrifices made on our behalf.
“These acts of commemoration are but a small way for us to remember the loss of life one hundred years ago in a 'war to end all wars. We remember all of those who have given their lives, and those who have been injured physically and mentally by conflict.”
The following road closures will be in place from 10am until 12noon on Sunday 11 November:
- Schoolhill will be closed between Back Wynd and Blackfriars Street (please note, there will be no access to Harriett Street car park. Parking for the Bon Accord Centre is available at the Loch Street car park).
- Blackfriars Street
- Belmont Street, Little Belmont Street, Gaelic Lane
- Denburn Viaduct between Union Terrace and Blackfriars Street
Broad Street and Upperkirkgate will be closed for a short period at 10.30am to allow the civic procession to make their way from the Town House to the War Memorial on Schoolhill.
The Lord Provost, who is also Aberdeen’s Armed Forces champion, purchased a six-foot aluminum ‘Tommy’ sculpture to remember the Fallen, which can be seen in the Kirk of St Nicholas Uniting kirkyard.