Staffin’s Remembrance Sunday tributes

SERVICES at Staffin’s two war memorials will take place this weekend to remember those who lost their lives in the two world wars and the Boer War.

101 years after the start of the First World War, Staffin firefighters will join representatives from the Staffin Community Council and Staffin Community Trust to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday.

Two services will be held. The first one starts at the Culnacnoc War Memorial at 2pm where wreaths will be laid and a two-minute silence observed. The second service will take place at 2.30pm at the Staffin War Memorial. Everybody is welcome.

A community clean up of the Staffin War Memorial took place on Saturday. The trees on the roadside which had been obscuring the war memorial when in full bloom were cut back and disposed of while there was a general tidy up of the memorial grounds. The community would like to thank Donnie MacLeod and Robin Pope of Highland Council’s community services department for providing tools to help carry out the work.

The Staffin memorial is the only one in Skye and Lochalsh commemorating a soldier who died during the Boer War. It also now carries a plaque commemorating the loss of the nine-man US air crew who perished at Beinn Edra more than 70 years ago during the Second World War. The Culnacnoc War Memorial was erected in front of the old Valtos School in memory of the seven former pupils who paid the supreme sacrifice in the First World War.

There will also be two Remembrance Sunday Services services in Kilmuir at 3pm and Kilmaluag at 3.30pm.