Flying high for heroes

Around 300 bright red balloons soared skywards in Bo’ness on Remembrance Sunday.

And, already, reports have been coming in of several being recovered in Brechin, Arbroath and Peterhead.

St Catharine's Church balloon release

St Catharine's Church balloon release

“Next stop is an oilrig in the North Sea,” quipped event spokeswoman Sharon Gentleman.

The event was organised by St Catharine’s Episcopal Church to commemmorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, Armistice Day and, for anyone who had lost a loved one, to remember them.

“It was a lovely, poignant moment when the balloons were released,” said Sharon.

“The event has realised £1150, much more than we anticipated. The proceeds will be split evenly between the church and the Help for Heroes charity.

“We’d like to thank our sponsors, Thomas Cuthell & Sons, Tapside Marketing, Caledonian Produce, and everyone who purchased a balloon.”