HUNDREDS of people are expected to attend Helensburgh’s service of remembrance this Sunday at the war memorial in Hermitage Park.

The service, and the parade which precedes it, are being organised for the first time by Helensburgh Community Council after the town’s branch of Legion Scotland disbanded due to a lack of members.

However, the order of events will closely follow that of previous years’ commemorations, with a march past the Victoria Halls followed by the short service, two-minute silence and laying of wreaths within the park’s garden of remembrance.

A Royal Navy guard of honour, along with the HMS Neptune Volunteer Band, Helensburgh Clan Colquhoun Pipe Band, colour parties and representatives of service and civilian groups and youth organisations will gather at Hermitage Primary School from 10am, before setting off at 10.20am for the parade up Sinclair Street.

As they pass the Victoria Halls they will salute the commodore of HM Naval Base Clyde and Deputy Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire before taking up position at the memorial.

The principal wreath layers will meet at the Victoria Halls at 10am before gathering at the war memorial in time for the start of the service itself, which begins at 10.45am.

After a short act of remembrance and a lament, the traditional two minutes’ silence, 100 years to the minute since the Armistice took effect to end the First World War, will be held at 11am, followed by the sounding of the Reveille, the laying of wreaths, and the playing of the national anthem.

The order of wreaths is as follows:

Deputy Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire; MP for Argyll and Bute; Member of the Scottish Parliament; the Commodore of HM Naval Base Clyde; a representative of Argyll and Bute Council; Helensburgh Community Council; the Submarine Service; the Royal Regiment of Scotland, the Submariners’ Association; the South Atlantic Medal Association; Police Scotland; the Ministry of Defence Police; the Helensburgh and Lomond Chamber of Commerce; the Rotary Club; the Round Table; the Lions Club; SSAFA; Buddies in Boats; Orange Lodge; the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service; the MoD Guard Service from HMNB Clyde; Military Wives Choir; followed by local youth and volunteer organisations.