A dozen people turned up at Auchentibber Memorial at 11am today, 11th November 2018 to remember the 14 Auchentibber men who died in the First World War and to mark the special moment of armistice with a 2 minute silence.
Auchentibber residents, walkers and people visiting from Blantyre and beyond held a 2 minute silence exactly at 11am. The rain stayed off and people commented on how fine the renovated memorial looks. I was pleased to conduct a brief history on Auchentibber in front of the memorial, taking a few questions. Before the rain came on at 11.10am, each person attending received a free copy of my Auchentibber book.
Comments were given on the sacrifices these men made and one could not help notice in paritcular Robert Nimmo’s date of passing as being a hundred years ago today, right on the very last day of that most terrible conflict.
The small memorial service was ahead of another later today at 3pm, to be conducted by Baptist Church minister, Steve Younger and a larger public service being held at High Blantyre Cenotaph at the same time. Residents are invited back to Priestfield Hall at 3.30pm afterwards for a history presentation by Gordon Cook ad a cup of coffee/tea.
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