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Govan remembers WW1 fallen

A service of Remembrance has been held in Govan to mark the centenary of the First World War.

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Govan Remembrance Sunday service The community of Govan and Glasgow City Council came together to remember  the fallen of the First World War in a special commemorative service and community event held as part of the council's Heritage Lottery Funded project "Their Name Liveth For Evermore".  Members of the armed services, veterans and local cadets all attended, as did several of the Glasgow City Council Govan Councillors.

Pipers from Pirie Park and St Saviours primary schools were led by Iain Watson and played outside Govan Old Parish Church prior to the service.   Paul Cathcart led the commemorations in the absence, through illness, of the Reverend Moyna McGlynn and representatives from across the Govan community of churches and groups contributed. 

The moving service comprised of hymns, readings, songs by the school choir accompanied by a flutist and prayers and ended with a poem.  A piper then played the lament Flowers of the Forest  as he led the congregation to the war memorial.

It was here that several wreaths were laid in remembrance of the Govan servicemen who didn't come home from the First World War.  

Following this moving tribute the community moved into the Pearce Institute where the school choir provided songs from the era and several displays of information relating to Govan's First World War history were displayed by Govan Reminiscence, Fairfield Heritage, Catherine McCaskill and Morag Cross.  The Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum provided resource boxes with various artefacts and replica items along with volunteers to engage with the public. 

Galgael presented a beautifully carved wooden plaque to the Govan community and Govan Old at the Pearce Institute. On the whole the event was extremely well attended with church members suggesting an attendance for the event in excess of 400.

Photos from the day can be viewed here.

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