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Angus invited to Great War service

Pic Greg Macvean, 25/06/2011, Armed Forces Day in Edinburgh with Prince Charles giving the royal salute...
Drumhead Service

Pic Greg Macvean, 25/06/2011, Armed Forces Day in Edinburgh with Prince Charles giving the royal salute... Drumhead Service

Angus folk are being invited to take part in a special Drumhead Service at Edinburgh Castle to commemorate World War One.

It will take place on Sunday, August 10, at the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle and marks the first of eight dates in the Scottish Commemorative Programme which over the next five years will honour the sacrifice of those who served in the First World War.

Representatives from Angus’ community organisations, uniformed groups, and the businesses community along with residents of all generations are invited to apply for tickets for this special event, to represent the contribution made by those in our community during the War.

The multi-faith Drumhead Service will re-enact that which would have taken place 100 years ago, familiar to generations of servicemen and women since.

The service will last for 30 minutes, after which around 3,000 representatives of the Armed Services and ex-services organisations on parade will ‘March as to War’ down the Royal Mile to Holyrood Park, followed by the congregation of almost 5,500 people from Scotland’s communities.

On arrival at Holyrood Park, the congregation will join members of the public at a memorial marked by headstones in the style of Commonwealth War Grave Cemeteries, at which all will be able to leave wreaths or commemorative markers.

Any Angus resident who would like to attend this special commemorative event, which starts at 9 a.m. on Sunday, August 10, and ends around 2 p.m., should register their interest with Angus Council by emailing John Davie at daviej@angus.gov.uk or calling 01307 473007.

Tickets will be issued on a first come first served basis; those attending must provide their own transport.

For those interested in the event but unable to attend the BBC intends to broadcast the Service and Procession live on Sunday 10 August.

 

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