Huge service to mark First World War outbreak

Edinburgh Castle will feature in the events. Picture:   Keith McNeill

Edinburgh Castle will feature in the events. Picture: Keith McNeill

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More than 8000 people from all over Scotland will are expected to attend a service at Edinburgh Castle to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War.

Plans for the multi-faith service on August 10 were unveiled today by Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop.

Members of the public from every local authority area in Scotland will be invited to form the congregation along with representatives of the military, veterans groups, charities and civic leaders.

Following the service, military bands will parade down the Royal Mile and the congregation will be invited to follow in a procession to Holyrood Park, where they will find a replica Commonwealth war graves cemetery with more than 100 headstones to represent the names recorded in the Rolls of Honour at the Scottish National War Memorial.

The event will mark the start of the Scottish commemorations programme which will remember eight events from World War One that had a significant impact on Scotland. They include the start and end of the war, major battles including Jutland and Gallipoli and domestic incidents such as the Quintinshill rail disaster and the loss of HMY Iolaire.