Montrose marks VE Day

Rev Ian McLean conducts short service at the war memorial on the Mid Links.
Rev Ian McLean conducts short service at the war memorial on the Mid Links.

The end of World War Two was marked across the world at the weekend, and Montrose was no different.

Friday (May 8) marked the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, known as VE Day, when Nazi Germany surrendered to the Allies, bringing peace to Europe after nearly six years of war.

Members of Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre Carol Sanders and Iain Burt got into the spirit of the day. Photo by: Neil Werninck

Members of Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre Carol Sanders and Iain Burt got into the spirit of the day. Photo by: Neil Werninck

Two celebrations were held in Montrose - veterans gathered at the town’s cenotaph and a beacon was lit at Montrose Air Station in memory of those who died in the war.

Members of the Montrose branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland assembled to celebrate the anniversary of VE Day on Friday at the cenotaph, on the Mid Links.

A short service to commemorate the end of hostilities, and the needless loss of life was conducted by the Padre Rev Dr Ian A McLean, with ‘Bynion’s Lines’ recited by branch Chairman Bob Jones and ‘The Kohima Epitaph’ spoken by vice-president David Oswald.

Members of Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre also held a memorial on Friday to commemorate VE Day.

More than 30 members gathered at the centre in the evening to light a beacon to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two.

Curator Dr Dan Paton gave a dedication to all those who served at RAF Montrose, and all who took part in the war, the beacon was then lit by chairman Alan Doe.