RESIDENTS of West Dunbartonshire turned out to pay their respects to the sacrifice of service personnel last weekend.

As part of celebrations for Armed Forces Day, a parade made up of veterans groups, cadets and scouts marched through Dumbarton, leaving off from Dumbarton Health Centre on Station Road, and led by the Balaklava Pipes and Drums band.

A salute was performed by dignitaries, including James Leatherby RN, the deputy lieutenant of Dunbartonshire and Provost William Hendrie.

A short service was then conducted, led by Reverend Ian Johnson of Dumbarton Riverside Church, West Kirk and St Andrew’s Church, inside the offices of the council on Church Street.

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Provost Hendrie said: “This event was a great opportunity to recognise the bravery and dedication of the armed forces personnel in our area and it was humbling to be among them.

“I was delighted to see such a great show of support from West Dunbartonshire residents who turned out to show how much they value the important work these men and women do on a daily basis.”

As part of the celebrations, a framed map of Dunbartonshire from 1823 was presented to the council by James Murie.

The commemorations formed part of a worldwide project to remember those who serve, and have served their country through membership of the armed forces.