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Representatives of the Western Isles teams from HM Coastguard were involved in Remembrance Sunday events today (Sunday 12 November) – both across the islands and at the Cenotaph in London.

Stornoway’s Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) team leader Carol Campbell was one of 10 representatives selected from every area of the coastguard, including maritime, coastal, air and non-operational, who were selected to march along Whitehall for this morning’s official memorial.

Carol said: “I am honoured to be selected to represent HM Coastguard on Remembrance Sunday 2023, following a 27-year career with HM Coastguard. 

“We are an organisation with strong roots in the military. My home, the Isle of Lewis, is an island which has seen many servicemen and women make the ultimate sacrifice, both during wartime and also notably during the Iolaire Disaster, a maritime tragedy which devastated the island.

“It will be a privilege to attend and remember those who have gone before us.”

While Carol was in attendance in London, other island team members gathered at war memorials and in churches across the islands.

At Stornoway war memorial the contingent included officers from the duty area team, MRCC and Stornoway coastguard rescue team (CRT), all based in the Stornoway Coastguard Station at Goat Island.

Stornoway wreath-layer Karen Mackenzie from Stornoway CRT said: “We remember with eternal gratitude those lost in conflict and those who continue to live with the physical and mental scars of conflicts. We will never forget.”

The pictures show Carol (centre of contingent) marching in London with other representatives of HM Coastguard and some of the Stornoway representatives at Stornoway war memorial this morning.