Communities Invited to Celebrate WW1 Centenary

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The Drumhead Service on 10 August 2014 marks the start of the Scottish programme to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War. This event is being organised by the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The intention is to involve all sections of the Scottish community in an event which sets an appropriate tone at the start of the commemorative period.

This an event for the communities of Scotland which will:

  • Reflect the various moods and emotions in August 1914 of those enlisting for military service and those left behind. These moods will include enthusiasm, anticipation and apprehension.
  • Remember the role and sacrifice of Scottish servicemen and servicewomen.
  • Encourage a spirit of inquiry and research about the broad impact of the war and its lasting social and civic legacy – an important aim for all the commemorative period.
  • Encourage young people to learn about the significance of the war, likewise an ambition for the centenary as a whole.

Aberdeenshire Council has been allocated 254 tickets to this event which are being made available to people within our communities. I am writing to enquire whether you would be willing to offer this opportunity to people in your communities who may wish to attend. Tickets will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

On the morning of Sunday, 10 August there will be a multi-faith Drumhead Service on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. The Drumhead Service replicates the church services staged on the front line that used neatly piled drums for impromptu altars.

This will be a public event to which members of the general public, drawn from across Scotland, will be seated in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo stands as the ‘congregation’.

The event will open around 9.00 am and the ‘congregation’ will be seated by 10.25 for a 10.30 am start. (The Tattoo seats approximately 8,800 and 5,500 of the ‘congregation’ will be made up from local authorities). The service will last approximately 30 minutes.

The audience will also comprise representatives from National and Local Government, Lord Lieutenants and Lord Provosts, Armed Services, Ex-Services organisations and international contingents taking part in the Tattoo.

After the Service the Tri-Service contingents on Parade will ‘March as to War’ down the Royal Mile to Holyrood Park. The congregation will also have the opportunity to process down the Royal Mile if they would like to.

In Holyrood Park, there will be an opportunity to place personal or community markers at the Memorial of 145 replicas of Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstones. The Memorial is a physical reminder of lives lost, on a scale of 1:1,000 – representing the 145,000 names inscribed on the Scottish National War Memorial.

Formal activities are expected to end by 2.00pm and the day is expected to reach its conclusion by 5.00pm at the latest.

If you know people within your communities who would like to attend please send their name and contact details, including address, telephone number and email address to by no later than Wednesday, 18th June.

Please be advised that anyone wishing to attend must make their own travel arrangements.

More information about the Scottish Commemorations Programme can be found at

Yours sincerely

William Munro
Area Manager Kincardine & Mearns, Aberdeenshire Council

Please contact or Tel: 01568 768206

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