Candlelit vigil in Angus to mark the start of war

Brechin residents are being invited along with everyone else throughout Angus to join in a candlelit vigil to mark the start of World War One.

A spokesman for Angus Council said that communities throughout the country were being asked to turn their lights off at 11 p.m. on August 4 to mark the moment the lamps went out all over Europe at the start of the great war.

She said a candlelit vigil for Angus would take place in Forfar where candles representing the seven burghs of the county would be extinguished at 11 p.m.

She said that the residents of Brechin were among those invited to attend the short, open-air event which would begin at 10.45 p.m. at The Cross in Forfar.

Extending the invitation, Provost Helen Oswald said the national vigil would be a moment of quiet reflection when communities across the country would gather in public places to mark the moment, when 100 years ago Britain went to war.

“An open invitation is extended to anyone who would like to join the short Angus vigil in Forfar when we will remember the loss and sacrifice of so many from our families and communities,” said the Provost.

The programme for the vigil will allow members of the public to gather at 10.45 p.m. The service will be led by the Rev Andy McCafferty, honorary chaplain to the Royal British Legion Scotland, Forfar branch. At 11 p.m. candles will be extinguished followed by the playing of the Last Post.