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Battle of Loos commemorations planned for Dundee

Posted  3 September 2015 in News  
By Kate Clements
Bugle used at the Battle of Loos, 1915 by the 1st Battalion the Gordon Highlanders. EPH 3202

A weekend of national commemorations in Dundee will begin on Friday, 25 September to mark 100 years since the Battle of Loos.

The commemorations in Dundee will see Scotland pay its respects to the estimated 30,000 Scots who fought at Loos in 1915.

A concert, service, parade, film screening, visualisation project and school exhibition are just some of the events taking place in Dundee that have been organised by a number of different parties including Dundee City Council, Great War Dundee, Education Scotland, the Armed Forces and Legion Scotland.

The events are part of the Scottish Government’s national First World War anniversary commemorations.

The annual lighting of the beacon at Dundee’s War Memorial on the Law at 6.30am on Friday, 25 September will mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle and will be hosted by veterans of The Black Watch. A closed service, due to space restrictions, the beacon lighting will be filmed and shown at Saturday’s major commemorative service.

A commemorative event on Friday, 25 September will feature poetry, readings, songs and orchestral music. TV presenter Lorraine Kelly, Scottish tenor and BBC Radio Scotland classical music presenter Jamie MacDougall, actor Daniel Portman and Scottish author James Robertson will read the words and stories of those alive at the time of the battle in ‘Remembering Loos’ at Dundee’s Caird Hall. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra will play alongside the Dundee Symphony Orchestra, and a number of singers will also perform.

On Saturday, 26 September, around 300 members of the armed services and 300 veterans will parade towards Dundee’s City Square, where a service will start at 12 noon. The major commemorative service will be conducted by four Ministers from Dundee representing the Scottish Episcopal, Roman Catholic Church of Scotland, Church of Scotland and the Chaplain General to the Armed Forces. Actress Lesley Mackie will perform readings in front of the anticipated 1,000-strong congregation.

Members of the public are invited to line the parade route and watch the service on a big screen. A limited number of tickets for City Square will be made available to the public, details to be announced soon.

More information is available on the WW100 Scotland website.

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