Shire residents invited to join WW1 event

The brave soldiers of the First World War will be remembered at the event in Edinburgh
The brave soldiers of the First World War will be remembered at the event in Edinburgh

Residents in Aberdeenshire are invited to apply for tickets to a national commemoration to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Aberdeenshire Council has been allocated 254 tickets to the event, which will take place on August 10 in Edinburgh.

The Drumhead Service is being organised by the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and will involve all sections of the Scottish community.

The event has been designed to reflect the various moods and emotions in August 1914 of those enlisting for military service and those left behind; to remember the role and sacrifice of Scottish servicemen and servicewomen; encourage a spirit of inquiry and research about the broad impact of the war and its lasting social and civic legacy; and encourage young people to learn about the significance of the war.

On the morning of Sunday, August 10, there will be a multi-faith Drumhead Service on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.

The Drumhead Service replicates the church services staged on the front line that used neatly piled drums for impromptu altars.

Members of the general public will be seated in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo stands as the ‘congregation’.

The event will open around 9am and the ‘congregation’ will be seated by 10.25am for a 10.30am start.

The service will last approximately 30 minutes.

Anyone wishing to apply for tickets should send their name and contact details, including address, telephone number and email address to Rachel Stanford tel 01224 664056 or email no later than Wednesday, June 18.