Pipers answer the call to remember ‘the forgotten Dunkirk’

Pipers answer the call to remember ‘the forgotten Dunkirk’ Image

Pipers from all over the world have been signing up to pay tribute to the thousands of Scots who were killed or captured during “the forgotten Dunkirk” 80 years ago.

The lesser-known battle of Saint-Valéry-en-Caux is being memorialised by three leading Scottish Armed Forces charities. More than 200 pipers from 16 countries across five continents have already agreed to play the haunting pipers march, Heroes of St Valéry, on 12th June. Given the level of interest so far, organisers are hoping it could end up being the biggest-ever pipe-playing event in history.

In Dundee, a piper joined this world wide tribute in City Square.

Lord Provost of Dundee, Ian Borthwick said: “This year marks the 80th Anniversary Commemorations of the Battle of St. Valéry and it is important that we honour this significant, but sadly often forgotten event in our history.

“In these difficult times, it was incredibly touching to see the country come together to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.

“I would encourage you all to take a moment to join the first national tribute in honour of those who fought and fell in the Battle of St. Valéry by commemorating the 80th Anniversary on June 12.

“The anniversary comes at a time when, here and around the globe, we are facing our biggest challenge since World War Two.

“Then, we were a world divided by conflict. Now we are a world united in the fight against this deadly virus.

“Now, as then, we must pull together as a community.”         

For more information on the 51st (Highland) Division at St Valéry please visit here.

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