Ap­peal­ing for your sto­ries from First World War

The Oban Times - - HERITAGE - By Sandy Neil sneil@oban­times.co.uk

Have you got a good lo­cal story from the First World War? If so, The Oban Times would like to hear from you.

Next month, on Sun­day Novem­ber 11, will be ex­actly 100 years since the end of the First World War, a ter­ri­ble, gru­elling, four-year con­flict that saw mil­lions killed or wounded.

To mark this his­toric cen­te­nary, The Oban Times is pub­lish­ing a com­mem­o­ra­tive 16-page sup­ple­ment, giv­ing our read­ers in­sight to the ‘war to end all wars’ and its im­pact on Ar­gyll and the Is­lands.

We would like to hear your sto­ries. How was your fam­ily, com­mu­nity or busi­ness af­fected by The Great War? Please email your story to ed­i­tor@oban­times.co.uk by Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 24, at­tach­ing any pho­tographs you wish to il­lus­trate it, in as high a res­o­lu­tion as you can.

The day’s events be­gin at 6am, when pipers are be­ing asked to play a par­tic­u­lar tune at lo­ca­tions of their choice. More than 1,000 pipers have reg­is­tered, but or­gan­is­ers are on a ‘fi­nal push’ for vol­un­teers, be­fore Oc­to­ber 24 to in­clude their names in an of­fi­cial guide.

Stu­art Let­ford, ed­i­tor of the Pip­ing Times at the Na­tional Pip­ing Cen­tre, ex­plained: ‘We have pipers old and young tak­ing part as well as pipe bands. By do­ing this at 6am, we kick­start the day’s com­mem­o­ra­tions ap­pro­pri­ately. The tune be­ing played is a pop­u­lar re­treat march called When the Bat­tle is Over, com­monly known to pipers as sim­ply The Bat­tle’s O’er.’

At 12.30pm, bells will ring out in uni­son from churches and cathe­drals across the coun­try, in­clud­ing those in Dalavich, Kilchre­nan and Taynuilt, where a pa­rade will process from the church ser­vice to the vil­lage hall for an old-time con­cert.

Pipers who wish to reg­is­ter for The Bat­tle’s O’er are asked to send an email, giv­ing their name, tele­phone num­ber, ad­dress and where they in­tend to play their trib­ute, to bat­tle­soer@col­le­ge­of­pip­ing.org.

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