And the third battle of Ypres, Passchendaele 1917 was one of the fiercest and bloodiest of that long war. It became infamous for the number of casualties and for the mud.
To mark the centenary of this momentous and harrowing event in history, Festivals Crieff is mounting an ambitious 3-week festival of commemoration – Crieff Remembers.
Thousands of visitors are expected to descend upon the town to share in the event and Festivals Crieff are inviting everyone to embrace and support an event that will put Crieff in the national spotlight.
A major exhibition of ‘The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry’ will be on display in Morrison’s Academy Games Hall from 22nd July, and following a major Parade & Drumhead Service, the Crieff Remembers Exhibition will open on 30th July. Details of this and the full programme of events can be found at:
Festival organisers are also decorating Crieff’s town square with knitted and crocheted poppies and will be displaying poetry and art in shop windows throughout the town.
And they need your help.
As in previous years, the Crieff Arts Festival organisation are inviting all interested businesses to participate. They would like you to display World War I themed poems and artwork and even dress your premises with memorabilia of the time.
Festivals Crieff have done an enormous amount of work to bring together some fascinating material. The research continues as they work to establish the identities of the men of Strathearn – where they lived and where they worked – who fought in those far off foreign fields. And also to identify the type of businesses that were in the town at the time.