Braidwood war dead WILL be remembered

FOR the first time in a generation, the war dead of a Clydesdale village are to be remembered again next week.
Fitting tribute...Braidwood Village Hall    (Pic by Andrew Wilson)Fitting tribute...Braidwood Village Hall    (Pic by Andrew Wilson)
Fitting tribute...Braidwood Village Hall (Pic by Andrew Wilson)

As ever, on Remembrance Sunday – this year on November 10 – the folk of our towns, villages and hamlets will gather at their War Memorials to lay wreaths in homage to the men of their area who made the ultimate sacrifice in two World Wars.

This has happened practically everywhere in Clydesdale each November since just after World War One – except Braidwood.

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Its wee village hall is a well-used and popular facility but many of today’s users don’t realise that its original identity was as Braidwood’s official War Memorial.

Instead of the traditional soldier statue and plinth, the villagers back in the 1920s decided to create a monument with a practical use, a public hall.

One regular user who was among the many who didn’t realise this was Clydesdale West’s councillor, David Shearer, who holds a monthly surgery there.

For more on this story pick up a copy of this week’s Carluke Gazette, which is in the shops now.

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