A LONE piper will play at the war memorial in Cardross at 6am on Sunday, November 11 – 100 years to the minute since the signing of the Armistice at the end of the First World War.

Andrew Crockett, a member of the Helensburgh Clan Colquhoun Pipe Band and a former member of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, will take part in worldwide tributes as part of the ‘Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute’ international commemoration.

Events are taking place throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and at scores of locations overseas, including New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Bermuda, France, Belgium, Canada, the United States and Germany, to name but a few.

It begins at 6am with lone pipers playing Battle’s O’er, a traditional Scottish air played after a battle, at cathedrals across the world, following which a specially written tribute will be read out.

At the same time, more than 1,000 pipers, Andrew included, will be playing the tune in individual locations within their local communities.

At 6.55pm buglers will sound the Last Post at more than 1,000 locations, where at 7pm beacons will be lit in a tribute called Beacons of Light, signifying the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war.

Then at 7.05pm over 1,000 church and cathedrals will ring their bells as part of Ringing Out for Peace, organised in association with the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, which represents 65 societies of ringers from the British Isles and overseas.

Andrew said: “I am 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.”