Fifers head to centenary WW1 event

Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle

More than 350 people will represent Fife at a major event marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War in Edinburgh next month.

Signalling the start of the five-year Scottish Commemorations Programme, a Drumhead Service will be held at Edinburgh Castle on August 10 before a congregation of people from all parts of Scotland.

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

More than 350 seats have already been allocated by Fife Council to people from across the area.

Representatives of the military, veterans groups, charities and civic leaders have also been invited.

This week the Scottish Commemorations Panel will make a thousand places available to those in Fife and across the country who have not already secured tickets through their local authority or been invited by other means.

The August 10 event will mark the start of the Scottish Commemorations Programme which will remember eight particular events from World War One that had a significant impact on Scotland.

Tickets can be requested online at Tickets will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.