Stage set for Glasgow War tribute

LORD Provost Sadie Docherty visited apprentices involved in the city's preparations for the commemoration of the First World War.

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On August 4, Glasgow will host the first and largest of three national events to mark the 100th anniversary of the UK's entry into the conflict.

The events in Glasgow, Belgium and Westminister Abbey are a key part of the UK Government's centenary programme and Mrs Docherty visited City Building's Queenslie training centre to meet four apprentices, two of whom have a personal interest in the Glasgow event.

One is a serving Armed Forces reservist and the other's great grandfather fought in the Great War.

All four have been building a stage for the George Square commemoration from where Prince Charles and Mrs Docherty will view the march past of military personal and veterans.

The Lord Provost said: "Our City Building apprentices have been working hard on this part of the First World War commemorations. Glasgow is honoured to host the first of the UK centenary war commemorations."

Among the trainees Mrs Docherty met were apprentice joiner Kyle Baxter a Reservist with the Army Engineers and adult apprentice joiner Jamie Nelson.

Jamie, 21, from Milton completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2012-1013.

He said: "An event like this is important to commemorate and gives us an opportunity to support our current armed forces and veterans."

Kyle, 20, from Parkhead, said that his great-grandfather Stephen McIntyre had been killed in the First World War.

On August 4, there will be an invitation-only service for up to 1400 guests at Glasgow Cathedral followed by a wreath-laying service at the Cenotaph with represen-tatives of the Commonwealth Nations.

Tickets for the event will be available until 12.30pm tomorrow by calling 0141 287 7999. There will also be a limited number of tickets available at the City Chambers.

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