Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday

A number of events, activities and services of remembrance took place across the SPS to mark Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.

At HMP Glenochil, staff and those in our care gathered at the establishGlenochil Monument Groupment’s Remembrance Monument to pause and remember those who have served in the armed forces.

Women in our care at HMP & YOI Grampian have also been working hard to create poppy displays, which were exhibited around the establishment.

Staff at HMP Barlinnie were joined at their memorial site outside the establishment by pupils from two local schools and nearby residents. All joined together to pay their own respects to those who have fallen in times of war and those who currently serve our Armed Forces.

At the Bella Centre in Dundee, a remembrance service was held for staff and women in our care to lay wreaths and pay their respects. Officer Murray, from HMP Perth, kindly joined to play a lament on the bagpipes as part of the service. 

Bella Service

Staff and individuals in our care at HMP & YOI Polmont marked Remembrance Day with a special remembrance service. The service was joined by members of the Royal British Legion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Association, and local cadet force. They were further accompanied by a Piper and a Bugler from the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Representing the SPS, Allister Purdie, Interim Director of Operations and Gerry Michie, Governor of HMP & YOI Polmont, were joined by senior management, staff, and a number of women and young men in our care. 

The poignant display which accompanies the memorial was created by those in our care. The silhouettes were made in the metal fabrication workshop and the poppies were handcrafted from recycled materials.

Staff and those in our care at HMP Castle Huntly gathered to pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces community. The establishment's Governor, Paula Arnold, Deputy Governor, Paul Yarwood, and Chaplain Anne Stewart conducted a remembrance service in the Memorial Garden, where wreaths were laid in memory of those who have served.

Stirling Hospital Poppies

At HMP & YOI Cornton Vale, women in our care took time to knit poppies as part of activities to mark the days. Their hard work was on full display at a local hospital in Stirling, which was greatly appreciated by patients, visitors and staff.

We would like to extend our thanks to all of the establishments, visitors, partners and people in our care who have contributed towards each initiative to mark these important days. 

Lest we forget.