The north-east fell silent yesterday in memory of the fallen soldiers of World War I and II.
Resident’s of Banffshire and Buchan paused as the clock struck the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to mark Armistice Day.
Though most of the region’s town’s and villages commemorated Remembrance Sunday, the small fishing village of Rosehearty held a small ceremony yesterday.
The villagers have historically honoured their war dead on November 11, and around two dozen Rosehearty residents gathered at the picturesque war memorial looking over the coastline.
A brief service was led by Reverend William Ross, minister of the Pitsligo Parish Church, and a wreath of poppies was laid at the foot of the memorial by 86-year-old Margaret Ritchie on behalf of the community.
The ceremony was also attended by local school pupils and last night Roselynn Birnie, head teacher of Rosehearty Primary School, said: “Every year we like to involve our pupils in Remembrance Day and observe the two minute silence alongside the Rosehearty community.
“This year a group of primary seven pupils attended the memorial ceremony, and they were very moved by it. Attending the memorial helps our pupils understand that the war touched small communities such as ours, and families were affected in every corner of the country.”
Rosehearty’s war memorial stands on Cairnhill and also honours eight local men who lost their lives when a sea mine washed up against the village’s harbour wall in the final year of WWI.
Elsewhere in the north-east, a modest service was held at Ellon’s Royal British Legion.
It was held in the building’s club rooms following a larger-scale commemoration at the town’s war memorial at the weekend.
Secretary of the legion Jenny Mitchell said: “It was just a small member’s service today for those who couldn’t make it. We do it every year as well as the big service on Sunday.”