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Armed Forces Day 2015

Orkney's poor 2015 spring and early summer weather cleared today and smiled upon a brief service held to mark Armed Forces Day. Kirkwall City Pipe Band led a parade of Army reserves, Royal British Legion members and Sea Cadets in a march from the Legion premises to Broad Street, where a sizeable crowd of interested locals and some tourists had gathered and watched on.

OIC Vice Convener Jim Foubister in the opening speech mentioned the terrorist acts and British civilian deaths of the previous day, but also gave a brief outline of Great War commemorative events scheduled for Orkney in 2016. Orkney's Lord Lieutenant, Bill Spence, picked up on the Great War theme and the location, when remarked flowers had been laid this week at the memorial inside the Cathedral for the 52 congregation members who died in the Great War. They were among the 579 Orcadians who died in the Great War, while he read out the names of the five service women among the 130 Orcadians who died in World War 2. In his brief reply on behalf of the British Armed Forces, Major Mark Griffin returned to the recent terrorist attacks and gave thanks for continued public support in responding to them.