LOCAL PIPER AND MSP CALL ON PEOPLE TO ATTEND SPECIAL RUTHERGLEN CENOTAPH EVENT

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LOCAL PIPER AND MSP CALL ON PEOPLE TO ATTEND SPECIAL RUTHERGLEN CENOTAPH EVENT

Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey and piper John Paton are encouraging people to attend events taking place at the Rutherglen Cenotaph marking the centenary of the end of the First World.

On Sunday 11th November, John Paton from Rutherglen is playing his part in ‘Battle’s Over’, a series of worldwide co-ordinated events, signifying 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I. Battle’s Over commemorations are taking place across the UK, and further afield in countries including Germany, USA, and New Zealand.

The event begins at 6am with Mr Paton, a lone piper, playing Battle’s O’er, a traditional Scottish air played after a battle, beside the Cenotaph. At the same time, over 1,000 pipers will be playing the tune in individual locations within their local communities across the UK.

John Paton, who has played in various local pipe bands and is a member of the Royal British Legion, said:

“I am incredibly proud to be playing a part in this historic international event to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War, and to recognise the contribution and sacrifice made by the men and women from our own community.

“It will be an honour to pipe exactly 100 years on from when the Armistice was signed at 6am on November 11th November 1918, and I hope others from Rutherglen can join me.”

Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey added:

“One hundred years since the end of the Great War will be a very poignant moment for us all, and it’s a time where the whole community can come together to pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

“I would sincerely like to thank Mr Paton for giving up his time on Remembrance Sunday in what I am sure will be a touching ceremony.”

ENDS

Notes:

Further information on the Battle’s Over events can be found here: https://www.brunopeek.co.uk/

John Paton can be contacted on 0141 647 9161.

 

Date published: 23rd October 2018

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