Remembering with Poppies

South Beach House poppy mural and Duncan Currie

On a crisp and sunny autumn afternoon, South Beach House, one of our care homes for older people, was packed with residents, staff and guests as they gathered for one of the many remembrance services taking place across the country.

2018 marks the 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War and in commemoration, South Beach House embarked on an impressive memorial project based on the poppy - a symbol of remembrance and hope.

Three large panels of hand knitted poppies paid tribute to the known individuals lost in service in the First World War and all wars.

Participants had the opportunity to add knitted poppies to the wall, in remembrance of family and loved ones.

Rev. Sarah Nicol of Saltcoats St Cuthberts Parish Church led the service of hymns, readings and prayer. This included prayer for peace and of thanks to all those who have given their lives, as well as for those currently serving in the armed forces, veterans, their families and dependants.

A donation of £200 was presented to Alastair Kennedy Veteran Representative on behalf of the Royal British Legion Scotland.

In closing, attendees were treated to a performance by South Beach House’s very own choir – ‘The Angelics.’ Leading an enthusiastic room in a sing along of wartime classics (and a few solos too!), popular tunes included ‘pack up your troubles’ and ‘Moonlight Bay’. The gathering then enjoyed a special cake baked for the occasion with a nice cup of tea!

Photo above:  War Veteran, Duncan Currie, Pilot for the Royal Air Force No  617 Squadron, 'The Dambusters'

We are saddened by the passing of Flt Lt Duncan McNair Currie in January 2019.

We are privileged to have had the opportunity to support this remarkable man in one of our care homes, South Beach House in Ardrossan and our thoughts and condolences are with Mr Currie’s family.

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