On Remembrance Sunday, Lanark will not only honour its war dead but also, hopefully, put behind it recent conflict over how it goes about doing so.
Seemingly-endless chopping and changing over the royal burgh’s remembrance arrangements in recent years culminated in complaints from groups such as Lanark Lord Cornets’ Club over the confusion that marred last year’s ceremony, with few taking part apparently aware of the exact timetable.
Now its organiser, Lanark Community Council, hopes that it has finally hit on a form of paying homage that will please all in the town.
The controversial ceremony held outside the memorial hall as individual and groups went into the hall foyer to lay their wreaths is being done away with.
Also axed is the post-wreath-laying parade down Lanark High Street.
This time round, a service of remembrance for organisations and individuals will take place in St Nicholas Church at 10.30am.
It will be followed by a parade leaving from Hyndford Place outside the church at 11.35am to Lanark Memorial Hall, in St Leonard Street, where participants will enter for a short act of remembrance at approximately 11.45am.
There will also be an opportunity for organisations and individuals to lay a wreath at the foyer’s memorial plaques.
When the act of remembrance is completed within the hall, individuals and organisations will leave as they see fit.
“There will be no parade back down High Street,” said a community council spokesman.
In Carluke, this Sunday’s service will take place at the town war memorial, in Market Square, at 11am.
Lesmahagow’s service of remembrance will be at the cenotaph at the cemetery in Strathaven Road at 9.30am, followed by a parade to the parish church.
Forth’s remembrance service will take place at its war memorial at 10.30am.
In Biggar, a remembrance parade will form up from 10.30am in South Back Road and move off at 10.45am for the town’s traditional wreath-laying ceremony .
In Carnwath, there will be worship in the town hall at 11.30am, followed by wreath-laying at the war memorial at approximately 12.40pm, along with a short service of remembrance.