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World War 1 centenary commemoration in Ellon

The Royal British Legion branch in Ellon will held a special event in the Square on Monday.

The Royal British Legion branch in Ellon will held a special event in the Square on Monday.

The centenary of the outbreak of World War 1 will be marked by a special event in Ellon on Monday.

Members of the local branch of the Royal British Legion are organising a parade and wreath-laying ceremony in the Square.

It will be one of many events held up and down the country to observe the start of the conflict.

The Ellon commemoration will have the emphasis on local youth organisations and will feature a parade with standard bearers.

A piper will be present and a ceremony will take place with the RBL president laying a wreath and youth groups each laying a small wooden cross.

An afternoon of entertainment will follow for Legion members and their guests in the clubrooms in Lower Victoria Hall.

Tom Douglas, convener of the organising committee, said: “This is not really like the Remembrance Day ceremony we usually have each November, rather a reflection of the mood of the country as it was 100 years ago. We are expecting a good turn-out.”

The entertainment will be centred on the music and poetry of that era.

The Ythan Singers will take part, four Ellon Academy girls will recite poetry and two teachers from the school will perform a musical piece.

The commemoration will start in the Square at 2pm.

 

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