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Aberdonians invited to mark the outbreak of the First World War


Aberdonians are being invited to join a special service to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War on Sunday 10 August at Edinburgh Castle.

Drumhead Service is the opening event of a five-year Scottish Commemorative Programme, which will see people in communities across the nation gather together to remember the exceptional sacrifice made by those who endured the First World War.

To reflect how the First World War affected all sections of society the multi-faith service, will replicate services held on the front line 100 years ago. Following the special service, the Tri-Service contingents on parade will 'march as to war' down the Royal Mile to Holyrood Park.

Those attending the service will also have the opportunity to process down the Royal Mile and those choosing to do so, on arrival at Holyrood Park, will be able join members of the public at a special memorial, at which all are welcome to leave wreaths or commemorative markers.

Aberdeen has been given a number of seats for the event and after distributing some through schools and community councils the Lord Provost has some remaining, which are being made available to residents within the city boundary who wish to attend.

The Lord Provost said: "This is a unique opportunity to be part of a huge act of remembrance for those who gave their lives a century ago. We can't truly imagine the horrors of that war and what those men went through, but we can dedicate time to honour their memory. Given our historic support for the Armed Forces, I am sure there will be great demand from Aberdonians wishing to join this commemoration."

Any Aberdeen residents keen to attend should register their interest with the Lord Provost's office, telephone (01224) 522470 or email