War dead remembered

THE people of Galloway turned out in force across the region to remember their war dead in poignant ceremonies at local war memorials on Armistice Sunday.

This year’s Armistice Day, the day the guns fell silent in the First world War, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, fell on a Sunday and a two-minute silence was observed across the country at 11am.

From the largest town to the smallest village, poppy wreaths were laid by community leaders and members of voluntary organisations to remember those who gave their lives for their country in all conflicts since 1914.

The Galloway Gazette has a selection of pictures from the ceremonies that took place in Newton Stewart, Minnigaff, Wigtown, Kirkinner, Whithorn, Creetown, Kirkcudbright, Stranraer and Sandhead.

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.”