Bright winter sunshine, stillness and emotion were the hallmarks of Remembrance weekend throughout the Western Isles this weekend (Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November).

A significant part of the island population attended church services and services at war memorials in Lewis and Harris, where 100 years were marked since the first Armistice Day on 11th November 1918. Silence was observed at each memorial at exactly 11am today (Sunday) for two minutes.

In Lewis and Harris the day was filled with special significance, as the centenary also approaches of the loss of the Iolaire, which added 201 more names to the roll call of those lost in service to their country.

Services of remembrance were held in Stornoway, and later in the day at the Lewis War Memorial, where uniformed civilians including Western Isles Scouts and HM Coastguard laid wreaths in memory of those in their services who were lost in wars over the past century.

HM Coastguard Western Isles, Skye and Lochaber accompanied their photograph with the words: “HM Coastguard contingent at Stornoway War memorial, paying our respects to those that have given their lives, those who bear the physical and mental scars of conflict, and those who remain ready to serve.”

At the Borve war memorial a large crowd gathered this morning (Sunday) and the North Lewis Poppies from homes of the war dead of the district were reverently placed near the memorial. Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (Galson Estate Trust) said: “The North Lewis Poppies stood as a heartbreaking reminder of the loss suffered by this community.” 

The picture of Back War Memorial with an assembled crowd standing in remembrance is by Alasdair Smith

In Tarbert, Remembrance Sunday began at 6am with pipers playing the lament ‘When the Battle’s O’er’ as part of an international piping commemoration.

In a separate event, wreaths were laid and the silence was observed by a large crowd at Tarbert war's memorial, pictured by Jock Howie.