Event photography from Laurieston Special Forces Day
Here are some pictures from the recent Special Forces Day in Laurieston, organised by the Ancre Somme Association. One year ago, a memorial was unveiled to John Thomas "Mac" McAleese, of 22 SAS (Special Air Service), who was one of the soldiers involved in ending the Iranian Embassy siege in London in 1980. News footage of this event famously interrupted the World Snooker Final and the live pictures showed the SAS troops moving over the balcony to start Operation Nimrod. It is believed that John was the first soldier to make his way into the embassy, which was revealed years after due to the secrecy surrounding the work of the SAS. A parade was held, with Cllr Buchanan carrying one of the standards to remember the work of all Special Forces. In the words of Cllr Buchanan "There is no doubt whatsoever that Britain's Elite Special Forces have saved hundreds of lives across the world and here in the United Kingdom. We will remember those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice and their families" HM Lord Lieutenant Alan Simpson and MSP Richard Leonard spoke in their own tributes. I photographed "Mac"'s twin brother William with William's wife Jane at the memorial bust. #specialforcesday #falkirkherald #pressphotography #pressphotographer #specialairservice
Keywords: ancre somme association, event photographer edinburgh, john mcaleese, laurieston, scott louden photography, special forces day, war memorial
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