CURRENT and former service personnel, councillors and MSPs have attended the re-dedication of the Arrochar war memorial.

The special service marked the refurbishment of the memorial and the installation of two new sculptures, as well as a storyboard with the names of those from the area who died during the Great Wars.

Ellen Greenwood, a member of the Arrochar, Tarbet and Ardlui community council which organised both the event and the refurbishment, said she was delighted that so many took part.

She said: “The crisp, sunny morning showed the war memorial at its best.

“There was an excellent turnout for the service, many more than we expected, with an age range from six weeks to more than 90 years old.

“We had representatives from the local scout group and members of the armed forces in their uniforms, MSPs Jackie Baillie and Maurice Corry and local councillors.

“Many local veterans attended wearing their medals with pride and were supported by local residents.

“Sir Malcolm and Lady Colquhoun came to assist in the rededication service along with local clergy and the event was completed by the piper playing Flowers o’ the Forest.

“We had many lovely comments about the improvements to the war memorial. Everyone appreciated the new sculptures which they felt made the area stand out and the information on the storyboard creating more interest in the space.

“All those attending expressed how much they had enjoyed the service to symbolise the end of the project.”