Scottish War Blinded veterans participate in London Cenotaph March Past

Posted: 13/11/2018 | Scottish War Blinded

Scottish War Blinded veterans represented the charity at the Cenotaph march in London on Remembrance Sunday.

It was an emotional day for all at Scottish War Blinded as Charles McDonald, Jim Stevenson, John Kinnis, Ronnie Scobie, Davie McGowan, Alex Dempsey, Stewart Campbell, Tom Boal, Christina Johnson, David Martin, Mick Buchanan and James Abercrombie took their places alongside fellow veterans in the Armistice Centenary Cenotaph March Past on November 11, 2018.

The veterans stand together dressed and ready to take part in the parade

This was the very first time Scottish War Blinded have taken part in the March Past.

And accompanied by staff from the Hawkhead Centre in Paisley, the veterans did Scottish War Blinded proud.

Tom Boal, one of the members who took part in the march, said: “The weekend has been absolutely awesome. Well organised and great camaraderie. It was a pleasure to spend the weekend with all the staff and to also have you experience what Remembrance at Cenotaph is.”

Jim Stevenson, Ronnie Scobie and Charles McDonald hold a wreath in London

Another member, David Martin, added: “I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and it was the right thing to do. The march made me feel “proud” to be a veteran.”

James Abercrombie travelled from Dundee to join the rest of the group who regularly attend the Hawkhead Centre, and said he has now made a lot of new friends in Glasgow thanks to the trip.

James said: “Thank you for fulfilling my dream [of walking the parade]. We may be partially sighted but we see enough to see a job done above and beyond the call of duty!”

Veterans David Martin and Christina Johnson with Hawkhead staff member Lorraine