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Borderers to attend WW1 castle service

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. World War 1. Pictured in the trenches of the First World War

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. World War 1. Pictured in the trenches of the First World War

Borderers will be among the 8,000 people expected at Edinburgh Castle for a service marking the centenary of the start of the First World War.

The special multi-faith drumhead service on August 10, will take place on the castle’s world-famous esplanade and will replicate those held on the front line 100 years ago when soldiers used neatly piled drums instead of an altar.

Members of the public from every local authority area in Scotland are being invited to form the congregation, along with representatives of the military, veterans groups, charities and civic leaders.

Following the service, military bands will parade down the Royal Mile and the congregation will be invited to follow in a procession to Holyrood Park, where they will find a replica Commonwealth war graves cemetery.

There will be more than 100 headstones to represent the names recorded in the Rolls of Honour at the Scottish National War Memorial.

Scottish Borders Council’ convener, Graham Garvie and Armed Forces and Veterans Champion, Councillor John Greenwell, will be among those attending.

Mr Garvie told us: “I am honoured to be attending the drumhead service, along with many other Borderers and hundreds of people from throughout Scotland to remember the ultimate sacrifice made by those who endured the horrors of war. This important multi-faith service provides the opportunity for all of us to reflect on the impact which that terrible war had on our country.”

Mr Greenwell added: “As the Armed Forces and Veterans Champion at SBC, I am delighted that such an event is taking place at Edinburgh Castle.

“I know that many Borderers have been nominated to go and I hope that they are successful. The Borders military family, whether they are serving or are ex-servicemen/women, puts in a lot of hard work to ensure the wellbeing of our veterans and their families, so I hope that this work is rewarded by a large representation from the Borders.”

The service will mark the start of the Scottish commemorations programme which will remember eight events from the First World War that had a significant impact on Scotland.

They include the start and end of the war, major battles, such as Jutland and Gallipoli, and domestic incidents such as the Quintinshill rail disaster.

 

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