Gala marks First Wold War centenary

To mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, veterans in Montrose are putting on a gala this weekend.

Members of the Montrose branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland (RBLS) are holding the gala in Union Park from 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturday (July 19).

Ian Robb, branch official, said: “100 years and we are still paying the price of pain and sacrifice.

“The gala is open to all and will be a feast of family entertainment.

“This is an event for all the family, and remember your Legion needs you. Why not visit our stall and join up?

“The RBLS continues to support ex-servicemen and women after they have left the armed forces.

“We seek the support of the citizens of Montrose to help our branch continue to play its part in continuing to offer succour and support to those who served us selflessly.”

There will be a chance for visitors to meet the Royal Artillery with their Field Piece, the Royal Air Force Association and their Spitfire and he Royal Marine Commandos.

There will also be live music from The New LA Cruisers on stage, a performance from the Arbroath RBLS Pipe Band, fun-fair rides, a barbecue, a beer tent, teas and coffees on sale in the pavilion, classic cars and Harley Davidson motorcycles, stalls from local traders and a grand prize draw.

Entry to the gala is by donation.

The activity does not finish at 5 p.m., there will be more live music at the Saturday Dance in the RBLS clubrooms on Wellington

For only £2.50 members of the public can be entertained by Chaparral from 8.30 p.m. to midnight. The clubrooms have full licenced facilities.

On August 3, 1914 Germany declared war on France and on August 4 Germany invaded Belgium.

Mr Robb said: “For those who wish to remember, a short service to mark the sacrifice of those who went to strive for freedom will be held at 11 a.m. on August 4 at the Cenotaph.

“Please remember us, as we remember those who served to ensure our ‘Freedom’.”