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Given the Isle of Bute's intense and unique military involvement during World War 2, and the need for its spectacular story to be told so that it should never be forgotten among succeeding generations, an application was made to the Heritage Lottery Fund to seek funding for a programme of events to commemorate Bute's wartime involvements, as part of Britain's 60th Anniversary of V-Day celebrations in June 2005. The Lottery's "Home Front Recall" Fund very generously allocated a sizeable sum to Bute's commemoration programme, the purpose of which was to communicate Bute's story to as wide an audience as possible, and to facilitate people sharing their wartime experiences and accounts of happenings on Bute.

Through comprehensive consultation and partnership-working, Bute's V-Day Steering Group produced a programme of commemoration that sought, as comprehensively as possible, to touch all the diverse elements in our community in as meaningful and relevant a way as possible. So there was something for everyone - from the youngest (those who have no conception of the sacrifices of their grand-/great grand-parents' generation), through the middle aged (who have varying degrees of anecdotal and/or textbook acquaintance of war-time living) to the very oldest (those who still have vivid and probably painful memories of what it was like to serve actively during, or just live through, those testing times. Moreover, the nature of Bute's Commemorative events offered a good balance of fun, nostalgia, serious reflection, thanksgiving, and the crucial educational component that will ensure that our commemoration will have enduring value.

Given the intensity of activities on and around the Isle of Bute, it isn't difficult to imagine and appreciate the extent to which the war impacted life at every level - from individual households, to the many voluntary organisations, to school life, to the corporate life of this hitherto rather insulated and parochial island-community as a whole. It is this legacy of dedication, adaptability and sacrifice on the one hand and open-hearted hospitality and compassion on the other hand that our programme sought not only to celebrate, but to etch into the memories of our current generation so that these recollections may be passed on to future generations.

The following photographs capture in a powerful way the scale and range of events that were organised during the week of 20th-26th June 2005.

For a full account of Bute's involvement during WW2, click on "V-Day Bute Remembers" on the menu opposite.

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Nov 23, 2005
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Nov 23, 2005
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Nov 23, 2005
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Nov 23, 2005
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Jan 10, 2006
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Nov 23, 2005
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Jul 19, 2006
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cmdrjohnlorimer
Nov 23, 2005
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enduringimage
Nov 23, 2005
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Nov 23, 2005
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Nov 23, 2005
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gaygordons
Nov 23, 2005
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highlanddancing
Nov 23, 2005
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hokeykokey
Nov 23, 2005
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kidsfancydress
Nov 23, 2005
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kidspuppetshow
Nov 23, 2005
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lordlieutenant
Nov 23, 2005
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Nov 23, 2005

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