Milne in call to mark war’s centenary

Nanette Milne, Scottish Conservative MSP has written to Councils across the North East to ask what plans are being developed to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War in 2014. In a letter to the Chief Executives of Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, and Dundee City Council the North East MSP has asked what plans and support will be put in place to help communities to organise events to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

Scottish Conservatives have called on the Scottish Government to match the UK Conservative Government scheme to send high school pupils and teachers to tour battlefields including the Somme, Verdun and Fromelles between 2014 and 2019.

The MSP has also written to the War Memorials Trust to ask what support they require. Nanette Milne said: “Every Scottish family will have had a family member who has fought for their country in the First World War. The men who gave their lives in the Great War will remain heroes forever. The last British Veteran has now died but their bravery and suffering must never be forgotten.

“The UK Government has already announced some initial plans to commemorate this historic centenary on August 4 2014, including a new flagship scheme to give thousands of schoolchildren the opportunity to visit the Great War battlefields as well as a £50 million fund to help support community events.

“There is also a lot which local council across Scotland can do to support communities with the organisation of events to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, such as the refurbishment or local WWI Memorials, support for the planning of local exhibitions, as well as the development of community and school events.”