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Published 24 June 2019

West Dunbartonshire Council honoured its military community at the weekend as part of a worldwide Armed Forces Day celebration.

The event – on Saturday – included a parade leaving from Dumbarton Health Centre on Station Road, with veterans’ groups, cadets and Scouts all marching.

Led by the Balaklava Pipes and Drums, the parade went along the High Street before coming to a stop at the Artizan Shopping Centre.

When they reached the centre, a salute was performed by Commander James Leatherby RN, Deputy Lieutenant for Dunbartonshire and Provost William Hendrie.

A short commemorative service, led by Rev Ian Johnson of Dumbarton Riverside Church, West Kirk and St Andrew’s Church, was held in the Council’s Church Street offices.

During it, a framed map of Dunbartonshire dated 1823 was presented to the Council by James Murie.

Provost Hendrie said: “This event was a great opportunity to recognise the bravery and dedication of the Armed Forces personnel in our area and it was humbling to be among them.

“I was delighted to see such a great show of support from West Dunbartonshire residents who turned out to show how much they value the important work these men and women do on a daily basis.”