VisitScotland marks First World War centenary online

The national tourism organisation VisitScotland is using its website to highlight the role played by Dumfries and Galloway and its people during the First World War.

The new pages on detail events taking place the length and breadth of the country to mark 100 years since the start of the mass international conflict.

The website provides lists of museums and other Scottish locations with military connections, with itineraries aimed at encouraging Scots, visitors and those with Scottish ancestry to reflect on the legacy of the First World War. The online resource also has a timeline of key dates in Scotland’s involvement in the Great War, as well as an extensive listing of events taking place throughout the country over the next five years.

Scotland’s five-year commemoration programme – going up to 1 January 2019 – begins with the Drumhead Service at Edinburgh Castle on 10 August, while 4 August marks exactly 100 years since Great Britain declared war on Germany.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop said: “Between 2014 and 2019 through the Scottish Commemorations Programme we will encourage people of all ages across Scotland to recognise the significant and broad impact the First World War had on our nation and to reflect on its lasting social and civic legacy.

“Through its new WWI web pages, VisitScotland is helping to ensure that our communities and our visitors can learn much more about Scotland’s connections to the First World War and the many centenary events taking place over the next five years.”

One of the first events is a Dumfries & Galloway literary evening on 15 August at the Catstrand in New Galloway, Castle Douglas. At this, Dr Gary Cuthbertson will talk about his biography of Wilfred Owen, one of the Great War’s outstanding poets, and read excerpts from the book.

Paula McDonald, VisitScotland’s Regional Director, said: “Whether it’s events like the Catstrand’s Wilfred Owen evening, remembrance services, or exhibitions, visitors to the VisitScotland website can find out what’s happening around the country as we take time to reflect on the impact of the First World War.

“It is important that we all recognise the sacrifices made during the conflict, and the upcoming centenary is of huge significance and provides us with an opportunity to pay tribute to the huge contribution made by local people in Dumfries & Galloway and throughout the whole of Scotland.”

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