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Published 10 September 2019

West Dunbartonshire Council honoured emergency service personnel this week as part of a national 999 day.

At a ceremony at Solidarity Plaza in Clydebank on Monday morning, Provost William Hendrie gathered with elected members, Council Chief Executive Joyce White and members of the emergency services to highlight the brave work undertaken by front line staff on a daily basis.

Provost Hendrie raised the official flag then a two minute silence was held to remember more than 7000 workers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Mr Chris French-Leitch, bugler, played The Last Post to bring the ceremony to an end.

Rainy day, Provost taking into a mic before the flag rasing

The Council is one of hundreds of authorities who marked the day to recognise the support given throughout the UK from the emergency services.

Provost Hendrie said: “West Dunbartonshire Council works closely with emergency services, and we are so grateful for their vital support and assistance which allows us to keep our residents safe.

“Over two million people work in the British emergency services today – many of whom are volunteers.

“At the ceremony, we remembered more than 7,000 personnel who have lost their lives in the course of their duties.

“Many more have put themselves in harm’s way as they go about their work, and put public safety ahead of their own.

“The people who choose to work in these jobs are truly the unsung heroes of our society so I am pleased we got to honour them in this way.”

Emergency Services 999 Day was created to honour the work of the emergency services, promote efficiency, educate the public, and highlight volunteering opportunities.

Provost raising the flag