A WREATH and flowers have been laid at Sauchie War Memorial to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.

Members of the town's community group, along with Rev Graham Brown from Sauchie and Fishcross United Free Church, laid the tribute.

They also honoured members of the armed forces, and all the civilians who played their part during World War Two.

It was one of many efforts made by local communities across Clackmannanshire to mark the occasion at a time when gatherings have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 75th anniversary of VE Day ran from May 8 – the day the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe – until May 10.

During those three days, people in Clacks and across the country reflected and paid tribute to the sacrifices of everyone who helped see the country through that period.

Keith Turner, from Sauchie Community Group, spoke of how the Sauchie's miners in particular were vital during the war.

He said: "Sauchie at that time was a mining community and many men were sent down the mine to dig for coal to feed the factories and trains in the war effort.

"That is one of the reasons why there is a miner's memorial located at the war memorial."

He also spoke of how the spirit that kept everyone going at that perilous period in world history 75 years ago has, in many ways, resurfaced again today.

He said: "Being at the memorial was very poignant given what the world is facing today with Covid–19.

"Once again we are seeing people in our communities and all over the world coming together to fight a common enemy.

"We are seeing the best in people, helping friends, family, neighbours, through these difficult times.

"With special thanks to our NHS staff, care home staff, council staff, shop workers and all the volunteers who are doing their bit for their communities and country."