A TOUCHING Remembrance Day ceremony on top of the Dumyat hill in Menstrie attracted nearly 150 people on the weekend.

The annual event, which takes place at a memorial for the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders on the summit, was organised by former soldier David Gray.

David and his father Major David Gray Sr. MBE, built the memorial together back in 1966 – in honour of the sacrifices made by the regiment in its history.

But, several years ago, after seeing it had fallen into disrepair, David decided to renew the regiment's badge.

Since then he has put on the ceremony every year on Remembrance Day to pay tribute to those lost during World War One.

David told the Advertiser: "The first year we held this event, maybe about 30 people came, and over the next few years that figure's just grown and grown.

"Last year the turnout was really good, but this year was better and it didn't even matter what the weather was like.

"Kids and adults came up, and we even had a piper who played The Last Post, and we held a two-minute silence.

"My son and son-in-law brought up elderly and infirm people, who wanted to take part, in an offroad vehicle too."

One family that attended had brought their veteran dad's ashes to the ceremony, and scattered them at the summit.

David said: "Everyone who was there joined them and the piper played during the scattering.

"It was a really sombre moment.

"At the end of the ceremony all the Argylls there started singing Bonnie Mary of Argyle."

David claimed he was delighted at how successful this year's event was, and that he is keen to keep it going in future years.