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Free coach travel for Aberdonians attending First World War service

31/07/14

A free coach will be available to those travelling from Aberdeen to the Drumhead Service, which is being held to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War on Sunday 10 August at Edinburgh Castle.

Aberdeen has been allocated a number of seats for the event and, after distributing some through schools and community councils, the Lord Provost George Adam is offering the remaining places to city residents.

Drumhead Service is the opening event of the five-year Scottish WW1 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.

The multi-faith service will reflect how the First World War affected all sections of society and will replicate services held on the Front Line 100 years ago. It will be followed by members of the Armed Forces who will 'march as to war' down the Royal Mile to Holyrood Park.

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

The Lord Provost said: "This special service offers us the chance to be part of a huge act of remembrance for those who gave their lives a century ago. Although, we can't really imagine the horrors of that war and what those men went through, we can dedicate time to honour their memory. Given our historic support for the Armed Forces, I am sure Aberdonians will want to join this commemoration."

The coach will depart at 6.30am from Queen Street, Aberdeen. The return journey will leave Edinburgh at 4pm from Chambers Street.

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