Dozens are expected to gather in Aberdeen this weekend to pay tribute to those who have died working in the offshore oil and gas industry.
The Annual Service of Remembrance will take place at 11am on Saturday, November 5, in the Kirk of St Nicholas on Union Street in the centre of the Granite City.
It is the first time the ceremony – conducted by Reverend Gordon Craig, chaplain to the industry – will have been held in person for more than two years.
A decision was taken to hold last year’s ceremony virtually due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions on congregational gatherings.
Families of workers who have died offshore will be present at the service, with those that have lost a loved one in the last year being invited to light a candle in their memory.
The Book of Remembrance, a record of those who have died offshore and housed in the St Nicholas’ Oil Chapel, will be open during the day.
It was established during the 25th anniversary year of the Piper Alpha disaster of 1988.
The Bon Accord Silver Band will provide music, alongside renowned Scottish fiddler, Paul Anderson.
There will also be a lone piper in attendance to play a lament.
In a post online, the UK Oil and Gas Chaplaincy said: “The Annual Service of Remembrance to commemorate those who have died working in the Oil and Gas Industry will take place on Saturday 5th November at 1100. The service will be held in St Nicholas Kirk on Union St.
“The Book of Remembrance containing the names of those who have died offshore will be present and the families of those who have lost a loved one in the last year are invited to light a candle in their memory.
“The service will be accompanied by the Bon Accord Silver Band, Paul Anderson, Scottish Fiddler and a lone piper.”