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In this edition: Portknockie turns out for dedication service by Katharine Connell
On Friday 20 April, more than 200 people joined in the dedication service in the Millenium Gardens for the memorial to the victims of the bombing raid on 19 February 1941. The new memorial complements the village’s memorials to its Fallen in War and its Fishermen Lost at Sea.
Cy Pirie, President of Cullen, Deskford and Portknockie Heritage Group, led the service and asked everyone to live in the present by looking to the past and anticipating whatever the future may bring. Prayers were offered by Revd Brian Bain of the Church of Scotland and Stewart Grey of the Church of Christ.
Among those giving their respect were survivors of the bombing raid, the Seniors’ Club, Primary Years 4 to 7 from the school, Portknockie Community Council, Portknockie Community Association and Councillors Gary Coull, Ron Shepherd and Stewart Cree. Also attending were the Fire Brigade and the WRI, both of which gave assistance in the immediate minutes after the raid.
The memorial is sited in the corner of what was once the yard of Legge’s farm. Kathleen McKay, whose family members were killed by the bomb, unveiled the memorial. The inscription remembers not only those who died but also everyone who was affected emotionally and physically during and after the raid.