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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

A group of 50 Angus folk are among those attending a major event in Edinburgh next month marking the outbreak of the First World War.

A Drumhead Service will be held at Edinburgh Castle on August 10 to signal the start of the five-year-long Scottish Commemorations Programme.

The multi-faith service will replicate those held on the frontline a century ago and will be witnessed by a congregation from across Scotland.

50 seats have been allocated by Angus Council for use by Angus residents and representatives of veterans groups, the military, charities and civic leaders have also been invited.

A further 1,000 tickets were made available earlier this week and are available from.WW100Scotland.com..

The August 10 event will mark the start of the Scottish Commemorations Programme which will remember eight particular events from World War One that had a significant impact on Scotland.

They include the start and end of the war, major battles including Gallipoli, Loos, Jutland and Arras and domestic incidents such as the Quintinshill rail disaster and the loss of HMY Iolaire.

Following the Drumhead Service there will be a parade down the Royal Mile to a replica Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery at Holyrood Park where poppies and other markers can be left.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop said: “The Drumhead Service, procession and memorial event on August 10 will be the first in a series of commemorative events between now and 2019 through which we will encourage people of all ages across Scotland to recognise the significant and broad impact the First World War had on our nation, and to reflect on its lasting social and civic legacy.”

 

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