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Rallying call for pipers to help mark Highland division battle

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A call has gone out for pipers in the shinty community to mark the 80th anniversary of the 51st Highland Division’s last stand.

A special commemoration marking the battle at St Valéry-en-Caux is being organised for next Friday (June 12) by Shinty Memories Scotland.

A combination of poor weather and the proximity of German artillery made escape for the Division impossible during the battle and it was forced to surrender.

Shinty Memories ambassador John MacKenzie said: “The name St Valéry is right up there with all the battles which have had tragic consequences for many families who were, and still are, involved with shinty.

“Some of our greatest players and individuals were involved at St Valéry. Many lost their lives, sadly, but some also made their way home by various means.

“But behind it all will be our thoughts and feelings about the grave events which impacted so cruelly on our communities.

“Piping is also an integral part of our sport and community, and we know how important that was in the war. This is a very appropriate way to recognise those events.”

At 10am next Friday, pipers throughout Scotland and all over the world will take the opportunity to play Heroes of St Valéry.

Legion Scotland, Poppyscotland and RCET: Scotland’s Armed Forces Children’s Charity have joined forces to organise tributes.

To register interest in taking part in the formal commemoration, visit www.poppyscotland.org.uk/get-involved/saint-valery

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