PEOPLE from Moray are being invited to join a ceremony marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, taking place 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.
Ninety-four seats have already been allocated by Moray Council to people from across the area. Representatives of the military, veterans groups, charities and civic leaders have also been invited.
From today (Tuesday) the Scottish Commemorations Panel have made a thousand places available to those in Moray and across the country who have not already secured tickets through their local authority or been invited by other means.
The ceremony will mark the start of the Scottish programme which will remember eight particular events from World War One that had a significant impact on Scotland. They include the start and end of the war, major battles including Gallipoli, Loos, Jutland and Arras and domestic incidents such as the Quintinshill rail disaster and the loss of HMY Iolaire.
Following the ticket-only Drumhead Service, military bands and guards from the three services will parade down the Royal Mile. The congregation will be invited to follow in a procession to Holyrood Park, where they will find a replica Commonwealth War Graves cemetery. Those gathered in the park will have the opportunity to leave poppies and other markers.
Tickets can be requested online at www.WW100Scotland.com. Those requiring wheelchair access or with other accessibility requirements should ring 0131 225 1188. Tickets will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis and up to ten can be requested by each applicant. All applications must be received by August 4.