50 seats for Angus at WWI centenary

Fifty people will represent Angus 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. 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.

Fifty seats have already been allocated by Angus Council to people from across the area. The day’s events have been designed to give a sense of what it might have been like to enlist during the first few weeks and months of the war.