The Salvation Army in Clydebank marked Easter in style as part of its 125th anniversary celebrations.

The church and charity has been at the heart of the community since December 17, 1893 and were delighted to welcome Commissioners Lyndon and Bronwyn Buckingham – the territorial leaders of the Salvation Army in the UK and Republic of Ireland – for a series of events over the Easter weekend.

The Salvation Army’s mission work in Clydebank was spearheaded by a married couple called Mr and Mrs Jolly, from nearby Whiteinch, who established a permanent church in 1893.

Major Dean Logan, church leader of the Salvation Army in Clydebank, said: “While many things have changed since our early beginnings here, the Salvation Army remains at the heart of the community to help people overcome the very same social problems that existed 125 years ago.

“We are grateful to our leaders Commissioners Lyndon and Bronwyn Buckingham for their ministry and to all who contributed in any way to the weekends activities. “We are now looking forward to hosting more events throughout the year, which will give us the chance to thank God and the people of the town because without them there would be no Salvation Army.

“We’ll also welcome the International Staff Band of the Salvation Army for a concert later in the year as well as our main celebration to mark the 125th anniversary, which will include a visit from our Chief of the Staff, the second in command of the Salvation Army internationally.”

Major Raelton Gibbs, divisional commander of the Salvation Army in the west of Scotland, added: “It was a privilege to have Commissioners Lyndon and Bronwyn with us for the anniversary celebrations. It is recognition of the vital work being carried out by our officers, staff, volunteers and members in Clydebank.”