PEOPLE in Moray with close links to World War 1 are being urged to step forward and be part of a commemorative event in Edinburgh to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the conflict.
An estimated 9,000 people will attend the drumhead service, which will be held at Edinburgh Castle, and has been organised by the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Moray has been allocated 94 places among the congregation for the Sunday morning service and the Lord Lieutenant of Moray, Lt Col Grenville Johnston, and Moray Council convener Councillor Stewart Cree are inviting applications from people who have a particular affinity or association with the war.
Spaces have been reserved separately for veterans and the armed forces, so it is hoped that Moray’s allocation for the August 10 event will be taken up by civilians who have a link with the events of 1914 to 1918, whether on the battlefront or the home front.
Lt Col Johnston said the service would set an appropriate tone for the start of a centenary commemoration in Scotland, and he was delighted that Moray would be represented at such an important event.
He said: "World War 1 touched every family in the country in one way or another and many hundreds of men from this area made the ultimate sacrifice and despite the fact that 100 years have passed, that sacrifice is not forgotten nor will it be.
"Those who served their country came from all walks of life and we would like those people from Moray attending the drumhead service to be equally representative of the local community.
"There will be many people who have as association with World War 1, perhaps as descendants of servicemen or who have some other connection, and we would like to hear from them."
Councillor Cree said it is intended that whole communities will be sit together at the drumhead service, and it is hoped that a balance will be struck in terms of age, gender and occupation.
He said: "No doubt many people will think that, after 100 years, any link that they might have to the Great War is fairly tenuous. But I’m sure there are many interesting stories to be told and we would like to hear them.
"Moray has been allocated 94 places, which will be sufficient to allow people to bring along a partner or friend, and we have been asked to ensure that we have a cross-section of the local community to represent Moray at what will be a fitting ceremony to launch Scotland’s programme of commemoration."
Applications can be made in writing to the convener at Moray Council, High Street, Elgin IV30 1BX or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org by June 20.