Grantown War Memorial Centenary Commemoration

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Colors are lowered at the Grantown War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday in 2019.

It will be 100 years to the day since the awe-inspiring war memorial in the capital Strathspey was unveiled by the Countess of Seafield.

The British Legion branch and the town’s community council held commemorations and worked with an army of volunteers to spruce up the memorial in time for the big day.

The event will begin tomorrow at 3 p.m. at The Square landmark.

“As part of the celebration, several poppies will be displayed on the grass surrounding the memorial, all made from recycled plastic bottles,” said Ewan McGregor.

“The day’s program will include a short book signing, readings and music.”

The finale will be the unveiling of the memorial at 3:30 p.m., marking exactly 100 years of the original event.

Flute player Callum “Spud” Fraser and Grantown-born drummer Ian Mason will recreate “Flowers of the Forest,” performed on the historic day the memorial was unveiled.

Wreaths will also be laid to close the proceedings and then the parade will depart and return to the halls of Strathspey Royal British Legion Scotland club where everyone is warmly invited to have a light refreshment.

Landmark in Grantown was designed by Dr. Alexander Marshall-MacKenzie.  Photo: Mick Garratt CC BY-SA 2.0
Landmark in Grantown was designed by Dr. Alexander Marshall-MacKenzie. Photo: Mick Garratt CC BY-SA 2.0

The original cost of the memorial was £ 800, of which £ 455 was raised through local donations, with the balance of £ 345 being donated by Craigellachie Masonic Lodge.

The memorial was designed by architect Dr Alexander Marshall-MacKenzie of Aberdeen. It was then modified to take the names of the Fallen of the Great War.

The names on the memorial are Advie, Cromdale, Dava, Grantown, Dulnain Bridge, Carrbridge, Rothiemurchus, Aviemore, Boat of Garten, Tulloch, Kincardine, Nethybridge and the three parishes of Abernethy, Cromdale and Duthil.

Mr McGregor said: “We hope to raise funds over the next few months to have the memorial professionally cleaned and restored to its former glory.

“A limited number of commemorative badges will soon be available for purchase in Legion club rooms.”


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