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A Trip Back in Time: Remembrance Day

A sea of red poppies under a stormy sky.
A sea of red poppies under a stormy sky.

Today is Remembrance Sunday – a day when the nation unites to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

But while the Covid-19 pandemic means parades and services have to be scaled back significantly, the thoughts and prayers of people across Tayside and Fife will still be with those who lost their lives during war.

Join us as we look back at how our communities marked Remembrance Sunday via a selection of photographs picked from DC Thomson’s archives.


In the first image, from 1988, Dundee High School Head Girl Jocelyn Davies and Head Boy Christopher Vardy pay their respects to the war dead at the school’s Remembrance Day service.

The next picture, from 1931, shows a Remembrance Day service at the Dundee War Memorial on the Law.

Dundee Lord Provost John Letford lays a wreath at the City Churches in 2004.

A Remembrance service at Dundee’s City Square in 2008.

Crowds gather for Armistice Day in Dundee in 2003.

Six-year-old Gary Ellis pays his respects at a Dundee service in 2006.

Crowds gather in Dundee city centre in 1999 to mark Armistice Day.

Dundee High School lower seven pupils Nicola Collison and Nick Cargill with a wreath at the school’s annual Armistice parade.

Dundee High Street in 1929 is packed with people gathered to remember the fallen during the Armistice Day Service outside the Town House known as ‘The Pillars’.

A crowd looks on as an Armistice Service is held on the steps of the Caird Hall in 1933. The occasion also marked the official opening of City Square.

Crowds shelter under a sea of umbrellas during a Remembrance Day service in 1929 in Dundee.


A bugler plays a mournful tune during a service in Perth in 1998.

MP Roseanna Cunningham and Provost John Culliven (right) were among the dedication party at Perth’s Garden of Remembrance in St John’s Square in 1998.

The Vale of Atholl Pipe Band lead the Armistice Day parade in Pitlochry in 2003.

Piper Gordon McIntosh plays a lament at the Dunkeld and Birnam war memorial in 2008 with standard-bearers from the Dunkeld Cadets.


Kirkcaldy High head girl Emily Wood and L/Cpl Brian King mark Remembrance Day in 2010.

Pupils at Glenwood High School in Glenrothes help to arrange a special Armistice Day assembly in 2009 at a special field of Remembrance created at the school.


The Colours of the various Carnoustie Youth Organisations are lowered during the service at the town’s Memorial Gardens in 2008.

Royal Marines from 45 Commando at the Arbroath ceremony in 2010.


Buglers from the Stonehaven Sea Cadets and pipers from Stonehaven Pipe Band play as a wreath is laid on the war memorial at Blackhill after the town’s Remembrance Day parade in 1981.

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