Lochaber school pair to at­tend com­mem­o­ra­tion

The Oban Times - - News -

TWO PUPILS from Fort Wil­liam are head­ing to France to take part in a cul­tural and com­mem­o­ra­tive ex­pe­ri­ence this week­end.

Polina Iljina and Kath­leen Rigby from Lochaber High School have been in­vited to ob­serve the cen­te­nary of the Bat­tle of Ar­ras at Scot­land’s na­tional com­mem­o­ra­tions.

The bat­tle took place be­tween April 9 and May 15 1917 and was part of a planned of­fen­sive by Bri­tish and French forces.

The third year girls are among 10 pupils from across the High­lands se­lected for the five- day trip. They will par­tic­i­pate in a memo­rial ser­vice at the Faubourg d’Amiens Com­mon­wealth War Graves Ceme­tery in Ar­ras on Sun­day April 9, where they will lay a wreath on be­half of the na­tions that fought to­gether and place poppy crosses on graves.

Head teacher Jim Suther­land said: ‘I’m de­lighted two of our young peo­ple have been cho­sen to rep­re­sent High­land and will be join­ing pupils from all over Scot­land to mark this im­por­tant cen­te­nary.’

Or­gan­ised by WW100 Scot­land in con­junc­tion with the Armed Forces in Scot­land, Le­gion Scot­land, the Com­mon­wealth War Graves Com­mis­sion, Ed­u­ca­tion Scot­land and Mer­cat Tours In­ter­na­tional, 72 Scot­tish pupils will be joined by a match­ing num­ber of French and Cana­dian stu­dents.

Fiona Hys­lop, cab­i­net sec­re­tary for cul­ture, tourism and ex­ter­nal af­fairs, said: ‘The Bat­tle of Ar­ras is of huge sig­nif­i­cance to Scot­land’s com­mem­o­ra­tive cal­en­dar.’

Pho­to­graph: Abright­side Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Polina Iljina, left, and Kath­leen Rigby will head to France this week­end as part of cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tion of the Bat­tle of Ar­ras.

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