Local people invited to attend commemoration at castle

The drumhead service will be held on Edinburgh Castle's esplanade.
The drumhead service will be held on Edinburgh Castle's esplanade.

Fifty people from Angus will represent the county at a major event in Edinburgh next month marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The drumhead service at Edinburgh Castle on Sunday, August 10, involving a congregation from all parts of Scotland, will signal the start of the the five-year Scottish Commemorations Programme.

The multi-faith service will replicate those held on the front line 100 years ago when neatly piled drums with draped Colours were used in place of an altar.

Fifty seats have already been allocated by Angus Council to people from across the area and representatives of the military, veterans’ groups, charities and civic leaders have also been invited.

In addition, the Scottish Commemorations Panel has made 1,000 places available to those who have not already secured tickets through their local authority or who have not been invited by other means.

Following the service, military bands and guards from the three services will parade down the Royal Mile, followed by the congregation, to Holyrood Park where there will be a replica Commonwealth War Graves cemetery.

Norman Drummond, chairman of the Scottish Commemorations Panel, said: “Thanks to the support of Angus Council and Scotland’s other local authorities, every part of Scotland will be represented at the drumhead service in addition to those from the military, veterans communities, charities and civic Scotland.”

Tickets can be requested online now at www.WW100Scotland.com and those requiring wheelchair access or who have other access requirements should call 0131 225 1188.

Tickets will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis and up to 10 can be requested by each applicant.

All applications must be received by August 4.