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Hundreds flock to Auld Kirk for WWI living history event

Members of the Gordon Highlanders Society are pictured with local youngsters and EDLC general manager Mark Grant.

Members of the Gordon Highlanders Society are pictured with local youngsters and EDLC general manager Mark Grant.

More than 500 visitors turned out at the Auld Kirk Museum recently to learn about life in the trenches for soldiers in World War One.

Special guests at the event, part of Local History Week, were The Gordon Highlanders 1914-18, a society dedicated to recreate the life of the regiment during the conflict.

Their visit was among a number of activities organised by East Dunbartonshire Council and EDLC Trust to mark the 100th anniversary of the Great War.

Scott Hill, chairman of East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust (EDLC) said: “The visit of the Gordon Highlanders 1914-18 brought history to life in a really fun way for visitors to the Auld Kirk Museum, and helped give people a real understanding of what life was like for them.

“People also got the chance to look round the museum’s exhibition, ‘King and Country - Stories from the Great War’, which runs until April 25.”

He added: “The exhibition is full of fascinating stories of men and women from East Dunbartonshire who were involved in the conflict at home and on the battlefront.”

Convener of development and regeneration, Councillor Alan Moir, said: “The Gordon Highlanders visit was a great success and I’m glad so many people came along to discover more about the stories behind the people from this area who were affected by the First World War.”

 

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