In 2014 Fairlie Community Association received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to research the Fairlie men who fought in the First World War and are named on a plaque in Fairlie Village Hall, and to tell their stories via a booklet, website and exhibition. To commemorate the centenary of the end of the war, the “Fairlie’s Men Of The Great War” exhibition will be re-mounted in Fairlie Village Hall from 5th to 11th November, 2018.

The exhibition has roller banners and wall displays telling the men’s stories, and includes documents, letters, photographs and campaign maps. There’s also a poignant slideshow of photographs from Gallipoli and the Western Front, narrated with extracts from letters sent home by two Fairlie men, Lieutenant Charles Grant Tennant and Corporal John McLachlan.

Entry to the exhibition is free, and refreshments will be available. If you’d like to find out about someone who served in the Great War, the volunteers will be happy to search online for information for you, although unfortunately only 40% of records still exist, the remainder having been destroyed during WW2. The exhibition will be open from 5th to 11th November, as follows:-

Monday, Tuesday, Friday & Saturday – from 1pm to 5pm

Wednesday – from 4pm to 9pm

Sunday – from 11am to 4pm

Largs and Millport Weekly News:

On Thursday, 8th November at 7.30pm, don’t miss “Pals” by North South Theatre. Inspired by war diaries, Pals is an amusing and touching piece of theatre set during the first years of the Great War. This poignant story follows Stan, George and Joe as enthusiastic pals who volunteer to join Kitchener’s new army. Embarrassing medicals, French girls, lice, rats and shrapnel wait for them, but their strong friendship and sense of humour will enable these pals to stick together through it all. Tickets are available from Fairlie Community Association on 07958 048908 or email costing £9 adult / £8 concession / £6 child.