Lest we forget – we choose to remember our brave heroes

Darnick,l-r Tom Jones (standard bearer) Iris Jones,Rev Bruce McNicol and Alison Aitken.Most of the service was held in door in the vallege hall because of the rain.
Darnick,l-r Tom Jones (standard bearer) Iris Jones,Rev Bruce McNicol and Alison Aitken.Most of the service was held in door in the vallege hall because of the rain.
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As Borderers paid their respects to the country’s fallen on Sunday, one man hung up his Royal British Legion banner following 14 years of service.

Darnick resident Tom Jones, who turns 70 next month, dipped the flag in his home village for the last time ... but only after performing the same feat in Newstead, Gattonside and Melrose on the same day.

Rev Marion Dodd held the Remembrance service at Denholm with Scott Tait laying a Wreath at the memorial for Denholm  bmcb 36

Rev Marion Dodd held the Remembrance service at Denholm with Scott Tait laying a Wreath at the memorial for Denholm bmcb 36

Tom, who served in the Parachute Regiment for six years, seeing action in Bahrain, Aden, Radfan, Singapore, Malaya and Northern Ireland, has been carrying the banner for his local British Legion branch on Remembrance Sunday for 14 years.

He said he was “very proud and honoured” to be given the role, which he said he kept on doing “because they couldn’t find anyone else!”

Tom, who retired from his Melrose hairdresser business Hetties 13 years ago, said: “I can now pass on the banner as I have found an ex-Guardsman who is willing to take it on.”

Tom’s wife Iris said: “Tom has more than done his bit, but we need some younger blood to take these jobs on.

Army on parade in Galashiels

Army on parade in Galashiels

“Tom has always been very proud to do it. People always remarked on his shoes on parade ... you could see your face in them.”

Iris added that it was pleasing to see Captain Gerald Maitland-Carew, Lord Lieutenant of Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale attend the Melrose service, as Tom has cut his hair for years.

Across the Borders, people wore their poppies, attended services, observed silences and took part in and watched parades as the country remembered those who fell protecting our freedom in both world wars, as well as later conflicts.

In Jedburgh, the parade marched up the High Street, along Abbey Row and down to the War Memorial where there a Remembrance service was held. The parade marched on to the Jedburgh Old and Trinity Church for a service, before heading back to the British Legion Club for refreshments and entertainment.

War Memorial Galashiels

War Memorial Galashiels

A good turnout watched Rev Bob King give the service at the War Memorial in Kelso.

In Selkirk, the weather was kind to those who took part in the parade and service in the Parish Church. The readings and poems in the church were as follows: Provost Jake Wheelans read Isaiah 12: 1-6, while guides Molly MacFarlane and Chloe Crier read from Luke 1: 68-79. Scouts Ryan Borthwick and Shaun Macfarlane, along with Cadet Lewis Inglis, read In Flanders Field, while Graham Easton gave the Call to Remember.

At the War Memorial, the new rail which had been installed to hold the wreaths in place worked very well.

Following the parade, a lunch was held at Selkirk Conservative Club in aid of Poppy Scotland. A bottle draw for Selkirk Pipe Band raised £130 and Rowlands Dry Bar was announced the winner of the first Poppy Scotland window display competition in the town.

Lt Colonel A Wilkinson give a salute looking on are Michael Moore and the Rev Bob Devenny

Lt Colonel A Wilkinson give a salute looking on are Michael Moore and the Rev Bob Devenny

In Hawick, the service and parade are organised by the town’s ex-servicemen’s club. The parade, led by Sgt Major Ian McCloud, took in Common Haugh, Hawick Museum, Victoria Road, Albert Bridge, Sandbed, High Street and O’Connell Street.

Galashiels, which historically holds its service later than is traditional, also saw a good turnout as Channel St, Market St and Bank St were closed for the parade, led by the Ex-Servicemen’s Pipe Band, the service at the War Memorial, taken by Rev Dr Leon Keller, and the march past the gardens, before returning to the British Legion clubrooms for refreshments.

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Standard Bearers George Linton, Suzanne and Scott Moffat lower the banners bmcb 22

Standard Bearers George Linton, Suzanne and Scott Moffat lower the banners bmcb 22

Town Provost Stuart Marshall lays a wreath at The War memorial in Wilton Lodge Park  bmcb 31

Town Provost Stuart Marshall lays a wreath at The War memorial in Wilton Lodge Park bmcb 31

Bass and Tenor Drummers in Hawick Pipe Band, Ainsley Murray and Leona Smith  bmcb 11

Bass and Tenor Drummers in Hawick Pipe Band, Ainsley Murray and Leona Smith bmcb 11

George Miller OBE, former National Chairman of the RBLS at The Jedburgh Rememberance parade  bmcb 41

George Miller OBE, former National Chairman of the RBLS at The Jedburgh Rememberance parade bmcb 41

Lord Lieutenant Gerald Maitland -Carew leads the parade at Melrose

Lord Lieutenant Gerald Maitland -Carew leads the parade at Melrose