SPECIAL Christmas trees honouring loved ones have taken pride of place at two care homes in Bishopton.

A tree of honour has been lit up at The Erskine Home and Erskine Park Home. 

Each tree is decorated with purple stars sent in by Erskine supporters with personal messages on them in memory of someone special they’ll be missing this Christmas.

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And due to there being so many stars, the ones which did not quite make it onto the trees are displayed in the Field of a Thousand Stars at The Erskine Home, or within the veteran charity’s four care homes.

Erskine also has one care home in Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively.

Dozens of visitors attended switch-on events at all the homes last week and, at the Erskine Home, there was a stunning candlelight procession through the Veterans Village, led by Pony Major Cpl Mark Williamson and Cpl Cruachan IV, Regimental Mascot of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

They were joined by pupils from Bargarran Primary School in Erskine, Police Scotland Youth Volunteers and Kilbarchan Pipe Band.

Chaplain Graham Morrison conducted a short service before Scottish musician Alastair McDonald sang and led everyone in the singing of Christmas carols. 

Erskine resident Isobel Kirkwood, who celebrated her 99th birthday the day before, switched the lights on before everyone moved into the warmth of the home for festive refreshments.  

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Erskine chief executive, Ian Cumming MBE, said: “Our Tree of Honour services are a moving start to the Christmas season and offer us the opportunity to remember those service men and women who will be missing from celebrations.”

The Erskine Home Tree of Honour event was sponsored by Central Car Auctions.