Crieff Remembers is an ambitious programme of events in 2017 to mark 100 years since the 3rd Battle of Ypres: Passchendaele.
Events planned include:
The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry 22nd July to 12th August
This successor to The Great Tapestry of Scotland has been stitched in the countries of the Scots Diaspora, in many of which it has also been exhibited, the Tapestry is coming home to Scotland. All 305 panels will be displayed.
Diaspora = the dispersion or spread of any people from their original homeland.
Military Parade and Drumhead Service Sunday 30th July
In proud partnership with Legion Scotland, we pay tribute to the fallen and all who served and continue to serve our country in the cause of freedom. The Parade will include men of The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland as well as 51st Highland, 7th Battalion. Legion Scotland will be strongly represented: National and Branch Standards will be on parade, as well as veterans, supported by a number of Legion Pipe Bands. Other veterans will take part, together with Cadets and youth organisations. The Salute will be taken by Major General M L Riddell-Webster, CBE DSO, Governor of Edinburgh Castle. The Parade will be followed by a Drumhead Service in Crieff’s historic Market Park, music for which will be provided by the Military Bands of 7 SCOTS and 6 SCOTS.
Following the commemorative ceremonial, Legion Scotland will present a family event in the Market Park – games and bouncy castles for the children, charity stalls, competitions, re-enactments, all culminating in a Retreat Parade to bring a fitting end to the day. Entry will be free, but donations to Poppy Scotland will be invited.
Blue Plaque Trail 30th July – 12th August 2017
A research project in partnership with Crieff High School to reveal the background to some of the names on our War Memorial.
High Street shops will display “Blue Plaques” recording details of service.
Crieff Remembers Exhibition 31st July to 12th August
A major exhibition of First War memorabilia, drawn from local collections. Presenting unseen material, untold stories, unknown heroes; providing a bridge between the generations; and including archive material, both German and British, of historic importance.
Cycle Ride Perth to Passchendaele Departs 19th July, back in Crieff 30th July
7 SCOTS are undertaking a cycle ride from Perth to Portsmouth and thence to Passchendaele, following the embarkation route taken by the men of the First World War. They will return to Crieff in time to take part in the parade.
One Woman’s War: Aunt Nell’s Box 2nd/9th August
“Aunt Nell’s Box – One Woman’s War” contains an extraordinary archive of letters, both from her family (three of her brothers were with the BEF) and from many of the men she nursed and their families. It also holds a collection of memorabilia, trench art, newspaper cuttings, photographs, and even a sheet of WW1 toilet paper (used to wrap a small collection of tunic buttons). Its contents will form an important part of the “Crieff Remembers” Exhibition – though she herself had no connection with Crieff, her niece is a local resident and has a close interest in the archive.
Echoes of War 10th August Talk by Dr Ann Petrie
Grand Finale Concert 12th August Songs and Music of WW