Edinburgh and Lothians remember war dead

First Minister Alex Salmond, Holyrood Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick and Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael pay their respects  Pic: PA
First Minister Alex Salmond, Holyrood Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick and Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael pay their respects Pic: PA
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POLITICAL leaders and the public across Edinburgh and the Lothians took part in a series of ceremonies yesterday to mark Remembrance

Sunday.

First Minister Alex Salmond and Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael laid wreaths at Edinburgh’s Stone of Remembrance, adding to 10,000 crosses already on display in the city’s Field of Remembrance in Princes Street Gardens.

Mr Salmond laid a wreath with 17-year-old Army cadet, Colour Sgt Sean Collister, who is a pupil at Craigroyston High.

He said: “Remembrance Sunday is a solemn occasion when we recall the huge sacrifices made in past conflicts.

“Scotland will pause in memory of those who gave their lives in the service of their country. And we also pay tribute to those who continue to serve bravely today in conflict zones far from home.”

Edinburgh Castle’s One o’Clock Gun was also fired and a two-minute silence observed to mark the

anniversary of the end of World War One.

And around 800 gathered at the Hearts war memorial in Haymarket to pay their respects after marching to the historical site from Dalry Road.

Remembrance Sunday events in the Capital came after the Queen marked the anniversary with members of the Royal Family and a 4000-strong audience at London’s Albert Hall on Saturday.

The sacrifice of those who died and ceremonies held to remember them have been praised by Edinburgh’s political leaders. Lord Provost Donald Wilson called on all residents to do their bit to mark the day and said: “I would encourage you to spend some time in the Field of Remembrance, as I did, and to reflect upon the enormous sacrifices being made each and every day by so many courageous men and women in service of their country.”