A long-time servant to the community was paid a special tribute as the Armed Forces Week flag was lowered in Perceval Square last night (Monday 29 June).

The funeral of Roddy Moffat, who served with the Royal Air Force and in the Merchant Navy, takes place today (Tuesday) at Crossbost cemetery. He was formerly chairman of the Royal Air Force Association and later chairman of the civilian committee of the Air Training Corps. He was also standard bearer nationally for the nuclear test mission.

Captain Callum Newton of the Salvation Army said: “He served his community loyally until the day he died and we respect him, we salute him today for his service. I know from many conversations with Roddy what an effort he gave for his nation in serving on the nuclear test mission. He saw some amazing things but also suffered health implications from that, along with his comrades.”

The Armed Forces Week flag was lowered at 7.30pm to the strains of the last post, watched by representatives of all the forces associations, training corps and 7 Scots regiment. Lord Lieutenant of the Western Isles Donald Martin and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar convenor Councillor Norman Macdonald were also present.

The convenor spoke of the invaluable work done by the armed forces. He said: “We are hugely indebted to the armed forces who are serving the country not just in terms of protecting us but also in the effort that they made through Covid-19 in supporting the NHS.”

Pictures show the flag being lowered by Francis Jefferson of the Royal British Legion as bugler plays the last post and armed forces representatives salute (Thomas Stewart).